About This Program
CMH has an innovative model of cancer care that ensures a patient’s care needs are met.
The hospital’s oncology program provides a full range of services, including in-patient and outpatient diagnosis, treatments, management of complex symptoms, and supportive and palliative care services.
Please note that the Oncology Program can no longer accept referrals for patients with hematologic malignancies (i.e., lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia, etc.). Patients with these diseases will be treated at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.
Our program includes:
- an inpatient unit
- an outpatient Oncology Medical Day Clinic
Our goal is to provide holistic, integrated cancer services close to home for the residents of our community. Oncology care at Cambridge Memorial Hospital is associated with the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (GRRCC) and LHIN partners to support our network of linked professionals and services for cancer patients and their families.
Patients who require active support during their diagnosis, treatment or require care for complex and severe symptoms, are admitted to the Medicine unit located in B Wing, Level 2. This unit is staffed with nurses and others trained to care for patients with cancer.
Outpatient Medical Day Clinic
The outpatient Medical Day Clinic provides diagnostics consultations and treatment including chemotherapy, and supportive and follow up care for cancer patients who do not require hospitalization.
Please see our list of other helpful resources further down the page.
What I Need to Know
Please bring any personal assistive devices that you require for your appointment. For example, any communication or mobility device you may need like a walker, hearing aid, etc.
Kindly note that CMH has a no scent policy. Kindly refrain from using or wearing perfumes, scented deodorants and scented products before coming to hospital.
To Do List for your visit:
- HEALTH CARD: Please remember to bring your Health Card to each appointment.
- MEDICATIONS: Please bring your medications, including over-the-counter-medications and supplements, to each appointment. Keeping an up-to-date list of your medications can be helpful.
- LABWORK: If you have bloodwork, remember to go to the lab before coming to the Medical Day Clinic for your appointment.
- CHECK-IN: Remember to complete Your Symptoms Matter about your symptoms before you come in to the clinic.
- YOUR APPOINTMENT: It can be helpful to bring a list of your questions with you to your appointment.
Care Partners - One Care partner is able to attend all physician appointments and the patient's first systemic therapy treatment (i.e., chemotherapy suite). Ongoing care partner support in the systemic suite is only permitted in circumstances where the patient has cognitive or mobility issues, or there is a language barrier.
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The oncology care team is multidisciplinary, and includes oncologists, oncology associates (physicians with advanced knowledge and skills related to oncology care, supportive care and palliative care), registered nurses, registered practical nurses,social worker, pharmacists, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, recreation therapist and pastoral care.
Dr. Helen Lin, MD, MSc FRCPC
Dr. Helen Lin joined Cambridge Memorial Hospital in 2018 after working as a locum oncologist at RS McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre as well as Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. She completed her Internal Medicine training at East Carolina University in 2015 followed by Medical Oncology training at McMaster University in 2017.
Dr. Lin is passionate about community oncology and bringing cancer care closer to home. She is particularly interested in and currently treating Breast, Lung, Skin and Gastrointestinal Cancers. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Dr. Shelley Kuang, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Shelley Kuang joined Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Grand River Regional Cancer Centre as a medical oncologist in October 2022. She treats thoracic, breast, gynecological and genitourinary malignancies.
She completed Internal Medicine residency at McMaster's Waterloo Regional Campus in 2018, Medical Oncology residency at the University of British Columbia in 2020, and Thoracic Oncology Fellowship at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in 2021. She then worked as a Clinical Associate at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre from February to September 2022.
She looks forward to caring for patients in the Waterloo-Wellington region in the years to come. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the local food scene, and spending time with her husband and two cats.
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The outpatient Medical Day Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. We are not open on weekends or on statutory holidays. We are located on the first floor of the hospital in Wing D, near the Ambulatory Care entrance.