​​​​​​​​​Treating and caring for people with cancer takes a well-coordinated team. Your team at the Systemic Therapy Unit is made up of world-class health care professionals working together for you and with you.

Your team may also include social workers, spiritual care workersfinancial counsellors, dietitians, volunteers and many others dedicated to helping you and your family.


Medical Oncologist

Medical oncologists are cancer doctors who specialize in using drugs to treat cancer. They:

  • Determine what medications you need for chemotherapy
  • Plan the course of your chemotherapy treatment
  • Examine you to ensure that the chemotherapy is working


Chemotherapy Certified Systemic​ Therapy Nurse

Systemic therapy nurses are Registered Nurses who ​specialize in the care of people with cancer. They are professionals who provide you with:

  • Information about the chemotherapy you receive and possible side effects
  • Contact information for support groups and services in the hospital and in the community
  • The safe administration of your treatment in the Systemic Therapy Unit
  • Care and assistance, including pain and symptom management, during your treatment sessions

All nurses who work in the Systemic Therapy Unit are chemotherapy certified.



Pharmacists are professionals who are responsible for ensuring that you receive the best medications for your condition. They:

  • Review and double-check the chemotherapy drug order to make sure it is correct
  • Help ensure patient safety
  • Give you information about your medications
  • Tell you how to safely take your medications
  • Adress any medication concerns you may have including non-chemo drugs


Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians are health care workers who work under the supervision of a pharmacist. They:

  • Mix drugs to make a chemotherapy treatment that fits your unique needs
  • Prepare and dispense prescription medications


Patient Flow Coordinator

Patient flow coordinators work in the clinics of the hospital. They:

  • Coordinate and schedule all systemic therapy (chemotherapy and transfusion) treatment appointments
  • Check in all patients having​ treatment


Support Partners

Support partners help ensure that the systemic therapy (chemotherapy and transfusion) unit is well-maintained and runs smoothly. They:

  • Transport patients who require help moving
  • Transport patient charts and drugs so that they are there when you and members of your health care team require them
  • Manage appropriate supplies in treatment areas and maintaining general cleanliness of the unit


Last reviewed: 9/28/2017
Last modified: 11/8/2017 5:47 AM