Our Newly Designed Centre
The new Chemotherapy & Transfusion Centre was completed in January 2012. The centre received 70,000 visits in 2013, making it one of the largest centres of its kind in North America.
Princess Margaret worked with a team from the Rotman School of Management to ensure that the new centre meets the needs of both patients and staff. A group of patients kept journals (including photos) of their experience in the old chemotherapy centre. The Rotman team interviewed these patients to learn more about what people using the centre think. The team also asked chemotherapy centre staff how the centre could be changed to improve the patient experience.
Patients had the opportunity to walk through a mock-up of the new centre and to tell staff whether or not the design would meet their needs.
The calm, soothing atmosphere of the new chemotherapy centre has been highly praised by both centre users and staff. The design of the centre allows for more contact between patients and their supporters but also gives patients more privacy. There are special areas where people can go for education and counselling. Staff at the centre can also monitor patients more easily and ensure safety.
The new workspace design and environmental controls in the pharmacy area ensure the safe preparation of medications. Princess Margaret is the first cancer centre to own a robotic device capable of preparing chemotherapy drugs, making this process safer and more efficient.
All the members of your
systemic therapy team focus on making your cancer experience as easy as possible. We work with the other members of your
health care team to ensure that you are receiving the treatment and support you need. We also do everything we can to make your visits to the chemotherapy centre stress-free.
Many members of the chemotherapy treatment team also take part in clinical research and teaching.
We are internationally recognized leaders in the field of systemic cancer therapy. We work with the members of the drug development program to sustain and improve the safety of patient care while delivering cancer treatment. Find out more about the
clinical trials being done at Princess Margaret.
Read more about the
Department of Medical Oncology & Hematology.