The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the areas of Brant, Burlington, Haldimand, Hamilton, Niagara and most of Norfolk.
More information on how Regional Cancer Programs are structured, as well as information on all 13 regions, is available on the Regional Cancer Program page.
A snapshot of cancer trends in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program is summarized in the Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI) 2015 report for Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN.
Many hospitals and labs provide screening mammograms through the Ontario Breast Screening Program. To find the screening sites closest to you and find out how to make an appointment, visit Ontario Breast Screening Program Appointment and Locations.
About the Juravinski Cancer Centre
Built on the Niagara Escarpment overlooking the City of Hamilton, the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC) serves more than 1.7 million people in the central west Ontario region and sees more than 7,000 new patients each year. As a regional referral centre, the JCC collaborates and coordinates with care providers in each patient's home community. The cancer centre joined the HHS family in 2003.
The Centre operates on a philosophy that combines high quality, evidence-based treatment, compassionate care, education and research. Researchers at the JCC, in partnership with McMaster University, are international leaders in this field, making significant contributions to the growing body of knowledge about cancer treatment and control around the world. As an academic health sciences centre, the JCC is actively involved in educating and mentoring the next generation of physicians, health professionals and researchers.
Creating welcoming spaces and a healing environment is a priority at the JCC. The use of natural light, music and an extensive art collection contributes to the creation of a soothing environment for patients, their families, volunteers and staff. Another notable feature is the chemotherapy day care suite, which features an open fireplace and natural light. The centre also runs a “Music in the Courtyard” program, where volunteer musicians perform throughout the week to help create a supportive atmosphere for patients and their families. A Patient and Family Resource Centre, conveniently located in the main lobby, provides information and a quiet place for reading.
About Walker Family Cancer Centre
Construction on a second cancer centre for Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program was completed in 2013. The new Walker Family Cancer Centre in St. Catharines is a multidisciplinary facility that provides a range of cancer services in prevention, screening, supportive care, systemic and radiation therapy. It serves as the hub of a coordinated regional cancer treatment network for Niagara, serving the more than 2,500 Niagara residents diagnosed each year with cancer.
Dr. Ralph Meyer
Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice President, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program
Dr. Ralph Meyer received his medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1978. He completed a rotating internship at Ottawa General Hospital and residency training in Internal Medicine (1982) and Hematology (1984) at McMaster University. He joined the Department of Medicine, McMaster University in 1984 where his academic interests included clinical trials and implications for health policy in the hematologic malignancies. Dr. Meyer was Professor in the Department of Medicine, Associate Member in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Division Director of Hematology (2000–2006) at McMaster University, and Head of Hematology–Oncology at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. He previously chaired the Hematology Site Committee of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and the Hematology Disease Site Group, Cancer Care Ontario Practice Guidelines Initiative, and was a co-editor in the Malignant Hematology Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.
In April 2006, Dr. Meyer joined the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and in 2007 became the Group’s Director and Edith and Carla Eisenhauer Chair in Clinical Cancer Research, and was Professor in the Departments of Oncology, Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
In August 2013, Dr. Meyer returned to Hamilton to take the role of President of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre and Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario for the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant Regional Cancer Program.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Meyer’s research interests include: General: Cancer clinical trials methodology, interpretation and transfer into policy; and, Specific: treatment of limited stage Hodgkin lymphoma
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