Systemic Therapy Unit Area​​


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Directions)

4th Floor, Systemic Therapy Unit​

Hours and Contact

Reception Desk

Call the reception desk if you are running late for your appointment or if you want to ask about a patient receiving treatment.

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 7:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 2363

Scheduling Office

Call the Scheduling Office if you have questions about your appointment.

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 5112​

What We Do

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Systemic therapy (chemotherapy and immunotherapy) is one of the main methods for treating cancer. Chemotherapy uses drugs to damage or kill cancer cells. Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that boosts the body's ability to fight the cancer.​​​

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Welcome to Chemotherapy (Video)

​These videos contain a brief introduction to chemotherapy at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.​

Chemotherapy Overview Class (Video)

This video contains important information to help prepare you and your family for receiving chemotherapy at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. This video contains general information and may not answer questions you have about your specific treatment. Keep a notepad on hand to write down your questions for your health care team to answer.

You can find all the information covered in the video in the following documents:

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          The Team

          ​​​​​​​​​Treating and caring for people with cancer takes a well-coordinated team. Your Systemic Therapy Unit team 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 your health care team need them
          • Manage appropriate supplies in treatment areas and maintaining general cleanliness of the unit


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          Last reviewed: 10/25/2022
          Last modified: 2/27/2024 8:19 AM
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