Edmonton Comprehensive Care is a multidisciplinary medical clinic with a special focus on follow-up care for cancer survivors in northern Alberta. The clinic’s medical team includes physicians, with a special interest in oncology and palliative care, and the desire to help cancer patients with their journey to better health. Canadian Cancer Care’s comprehensive list of medical services – which are covered by Alberta Health Care – include cancer screening, diagnosis and surveillance, psychiatry and palliative care.
MIC Medical Imaging and Leading Edge Physiotherapy will also be available onsite in July 2019.
Canadian Cancer Care physicians strive to work with other members of our patients’ healthcare team. Our doctors are committed to patient care before and after hospital cancer treatments; it is recommended that our patients also see a family physician to manage other health concerns, however, Canadian Cancer Care may attend to those needs in the interim.
Patients can be referred from their family physicians, surgeons, or oncologists, or call for an appointment without a referral.
The Choosing Wisely Canada campaign has identified cancer surveillance as an area that can be done as good, or better, in a primary care setting:
“Several studies (including randomized clinical trials) have demonstrated that surveillance following definitive cancer therapy can be performed equally well, and in a more patient-centered fashion, within a primary care setting. With the substantial increase in cancer survivors, the traditional practice of providing routine follow-up care through specialist cancer centres is placing rising demands and competing with other care delivery functions of such centres. Primary care providers are both willing to provide follow-up cancer care and have repeatedly assumed such responsibility. Despite this, the transition to primary care in Canada has been both variable and incomplete.”