An introduction for new cancer patients in Waterloo-Wellington
We are the largest provider of chemotherapy (systemic therapy) and cancer surgery, as well as the sole provider of radiation therapy in the Waterloo Wellington region.
Types of cancer treatment
Surgery is the most common way to treat cancer and is often the first step in diagnosis and treatment for a patient. Certain types of cancer may require surgery only, while others may require a patient to receive chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy as well.
Chemotherapy (also called systemic therapy) is a method of treating cancer by using drugs or medicines. Often a combination of chemotherapy drugs are used, but it depends on the individual and their specific needs. Your care team will work with you to decide the best plan for you.
For more information, watch our chemotherapy education video (opens in new window) and learn how you can actively participate in the management of your care.
Visit our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions about chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy (also referred to as radiotherapy) is a form of cancer treatment that directs high energy x-ray beams at tumours. It is used to destroy cancer cells or shrink tumours.
For more information, watch our radiation treatment education video (opens in new window) and learn how you can actively participate in the management of your care.
Visit our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions about radiation treatment.
Radio frequency ablation and trans-arterial chemo-embolization (RFA and TACE)
GRH now provides radio frequency ablation and trans-arterial chemo-embolization to treat liver lesions. Learn more about these procedures and how we're advancing care for area patients.
How we can help you
We also provide supportive care services that benefit both our patients and their families, which include pain and symptom management, social work, nutritional counselling, spiritual care and physiotherapy.
For more information on these services, visit our How we can help you page.
Care closer to home
Community cancer clinics across the region allow patients to receive some of their care (which may include chemotherapy) closer to home.Find out if there is a location near you.