CancerCare Manitoba
 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. How do I contact the CAP program?
2. Since I will be coming to the CAP Clinic for yearly follow-up, do I still need to see my family doctor?
3. Why can't I continue to see the doctor who cared for me during my cancer treatment?
4. Will I need blood work or other testing?
5. Why do I need to fill in the questionnaire before every visit?
6. How long will my visit be?
7. How will my CAP clinic appointment be different from my current visits to CCMB?
8. Why do I need to know this information about late effects of my cancer treatment?
9. Who do I need to tell about my cancer history and why?
10. Where can I get information about my past cancer treatment?
11. Whom can I contact if I have questions about my fertility (ability to have children) after cancer treatment?
12. With whom can I speak if I have questions about sex after cancer treatment?
13. Where can I get more information about cancer survivorship?

1. How do I contact the CAP program?
  • phone 204-787-2320.
    This number is for non-urgent calls. Your call will be returned within 2-3 business days.

2. Since I will be coming to the CAP Clinic for yearly follow-up, do I still need to see my family doctor?
  • Yes. All cancer survivors need to have a yearly check-up with their family doctor continuing life-long. It is important for your family doctor to get to know your current health history and past medical history so that they are prepared to take over your long-term follow-up care when you are discharged from the CAP Clinic. Whenever possible, you should see your family doctor for health issues as they arise, rather than visiting different doctors at walk-in clinics.

3. Why can't I continue to see the doctor who cared for me during my cancer treatment?
  • The CAP clinic is staffed by a group of Pediatric Oncologists who rotate through the clinic. It is not possible to schedule an appointment with a specific doctor. Your medical information is reviewed prior to your appointment, so the doctor, nurses and other health care professionals that see you will be familiar with your past history and current needs.

4. Will I need blood work or other testing?
  • If you require any testing prior to or between your appointments, you will be notified in advance.
  • If you require a blood test on the day of your appointment, CAP Clinic staff will send you to the lab during your clinic visit. Please inform the clinic of any changes in your contact information so we can reach you.

5. Why do I need to fill in the questionnaire before every visit?
  • The CAP clinic questionnaire helps us to keep your contact information up to date. It helps the nurses and doctors to identify physical or mental health issues that may arise between yearly visits. Please bring your completed questionnaire with you to your appointment. It will be mailed out with your appointment schedule.

6. How long will my visit be?
  • You should plan on being at the clinic for 2 hours. During this time you will see the doctor and the nurse for assessment and teaching. You will visit the CCMB lab if blood work is required. Please make parking and travel arrangements accordingly to allow for a relaxed visit.
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7. How will my CAP clinic appointment be different from my current visits to CCMB?
  • The focus of this clinic is assessment, screening and education regarding possible late effects (or problems) that can happen after treatment for cancer. Healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention strategies are also reviewed.

8. Why do I need to know this information about late effects of my cancer treatment?
  • Because your family doctor and other health care providers will change over time, you need to be your own health advocate. You need to be familiar with your past treatment and be ready to share important details as health care needs arise.

9. Who do I need to tell about my cancer history and why?
  • It is important for cancer survivors to share details of their past cancer treatment with the health care providers they see for health concerns (doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists). This information will help the health care provider to make a more complete assessment.

10. Where can I get information about my past cancer treatment?
  • A summary of your treatment and a teaching package are given to you at your first CAP Clinic visit. Key information and any new resources are discussed and shared at future clinic visits.

11. Whom can I contact if I have questions about my fertility (ability to have children) after cancer treatment?
  • The doctors and nurses at the CAP Clinic can provide you with information about fertility after cancer. A referral can be made to Heartland Fertility if you are interested in further information.

12. With whom can I speak if I have questions about sex after cancer treatment?
  • Anne Katz is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Certified Sexuality Counselor. She works at CancerCare Manitoba and can be reached at 204-787-4495. She also has a website: www.DrAnneKatz.com.

13. Where can I get more information about cancer survivorship?
  • For more information about cancer survivorship, see the Resources tab.
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