Leukemia Clinic Area​​


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Directions)

2nd Floor, Philip S. Orsino Hematology Centre - Hematology Centre

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There are 3 areas in the Orsino Hematology Centre:

  • Hematology North
  • Hematology West
  • Hematology South

We will see you in the area your doctor works in.​


Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm​


Hematology Clinic Phone Line (for current out​​patients only): To inquire about or change an appointment OR to speak to a clinic nurse regarding a medical concern.

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, CLOSED on weekends and statutory holidays.

Phone: 416-946-2223

On weekends and afte​r hours
  • For medical concerns, call Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at 416 946 2000 and ask for the nursing supervisor on call, or call your family doctor’s office.
  • For emergencies, go to your local hospital emergency department or to the emergency department at Toronto General Hospital or Toronto Western Hospital. Be sure to tell the emergency staff that your cancer is being treated at Princess Margaret.​

What We Do

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​The Leukemia Clinic is dedicated to ​managing blood cancers. At the Leukemia Clinic, cancer experts on your team work closely with you to ensure you get the best care possible.

How to Get Referred

You need a referral from your doctor to become a patient in the Leukemia Clinic. Your doctor will also need to provide any relevant clinical tests or diagnostic imaging results.

How Long Does a Referral Take?

The clinic will contact you with your appointment time within a month of receiving a referral.

Referral Information for Physicians

There are different referral instructions depending on if you are referring to the Leukemia Clinic with a standard referral, or if you are referring a patient to the Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC). Visit the Guide for Physicians Referring to the Leukemia Clinic for relevant instructions and referral forms.​​

What to Expect

​​​​​​Someone will call you to give you a time for your first appointment at the Leukemia Clinic. Learn more about preparing for your first appointment in the Guide to Princess Margaret.

What to Bring
​​When You Arrive
How Long Will Your Appointment Be?
Where to Go for Blood Work
Before You Leave

The Patient Journey

Getting a diagnosis of acute leukemia can be a stressful event for you and your family. Our team at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is here to support you through your journey.

Our 3-part video series contains a general overview about what to expect during diagnosis and treatment. Every patient is unique and your cancer journey may not follow the exact steps as shared in our videos.

Please ask a member of your health care team if you have any questions.

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          The Team

          ​​​​​​​​Treating and caring for people with cancer takes a well-coordinated team. Your team at the Leukemia Clinic is made up of world-class health care professionals working together for you and with you. Your team also includes nurses, social workers, financial counsellors, dietitians, volunteers and many others dedicated to helping you and your family.



          Rapid Assessment Clinic

          ​About the Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC)

          You may be referred to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's leukemia program by your family doctor, an emergency physician, internist or hematologist. Visiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre can be stressful for both patients and their families. To help reduce some of this stress, the Leukemia team has developed the Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC) program so patients can quickly receive state-of-the-art care.

          What is RAC?

          RAC is set up to allow your health care team to quickly assess new or suspected diagnoses of adult acute leukemia. RAC aims to give a fast diagnosis, often within 24-48 hours from the time of referral. RAC provides clinical monitoring, care and therapy planning for newly diagnosed patients. RAC also provides education, resources, and support for patients and their family and caregivers.

          What is the purpose of RAC?

          Nearly half of all leukemia patients in Ontario are assessed at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. By making sure the Leukemia team can quickly assess and diagnose new patients, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre can enhance your care and support.

          Who does the assessment at RAC?

          Your assessments are done through a coordinated team effort by many health practitioners. You will likely first see a nurse practitioner (NP), a hematology resident, or leukemia fellow who will:

          • Do the first assessment
          • Coordinate testing to make a diagnosis
          • Discuss your case and potential treatment options

          The RAC Program is supported by 3 specialized registered nurses (RN) trained in cancer care (oncology). The RAC Program is overseen by 6 staff physicians (hematologists) who are experts in the treatment of leukemia. The RAC is also supported by 8 specialized pathologists (hematopathologists) who will review your lab tests and samples, including bone marrow biopsies.

          What happens at RAC?

          If you are a new outpatient, or an inpatient arriving by ambulance, the steps are outlined in the flowchart "A Day in the Life of...A New Acute Leukemia Patient at Princess Margaret". This process outlines what you can expect from your oncology team once you are referred and first seen at the Leukemia Program at Princess Margaret.

          Flowchart of steps a patient goes through at Leukemia Rapid Assessment Clinic

          Flowchart showing the steps a patient goes through at the Leukemia Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC)​​

          Frequently Asked Questions

          ​​Rapid Assessment Clinic

          Why do I need my bone marrow repeated?
          What caused my leukemia?
          Is leukemia hereditary?
          What is my prognosis?
          Will all the blood you are drawing for investigations impact my hemoglobin?
          Can you cure leukemia?
          What is the difference between chronic and acute leukemia?
          Why do I need to be in hospital for a whole month?
          Should I get a second opinion in the United States?
          Why can't I be treated closer to home? Why do I need to be treated specifically at Princess Margaret?
          What can I eat to make this better?
          How do I avoid infection?
          Would naturopathy help?
          Why do I need to be here all day?


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          Why do I have to wait so long?
          What are my blood counts?
          When will I get to see my (staff) doctor?

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          Last reviewed: 5/23/2023
          Last modified: 2/27/2024 9:52 AM
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