The Radiation Oncology Program is built on three main pillars of strength; Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics and Radiation Therapy, and offers state-of-the-art radiation-based clinical services primarily located in Winnipeg with an additional site in Brandon. The program is committed to person-centred care, meeting or exceeding national wait time standards, and quality improvement initiatives to support a safe environment for all while continuing to change and develop with the implementation of new technology.
Radiation Oncologists see approximately 3,500 consultations per annum from Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, encompassing a population of 1.3 million. The program has seven linear accelerators and three CT simulators of which one linear accelerator and one CT simulator are located in Brandon. The radiation therapy computer systems have an integrated electronic medical record, which allows for the safe and efficient documentation, communication and transfer of patient treatment information across cancer services in Manitoba.
The program offers IMRT, IGRT, VMAT and DIBH treatment techniques with SBRT in major disease site groups. The Winnipeg site also offers brachytherapy for gynae patients and an orthovoltage unit for superficial treatment of skin cancers. CancerCare Manitoba also partners with Shared Health Manitoba and operates a dedicated SBRT Radiosurgery system and a Gamma Knife SRS unit at the Health Sciences Centre.
There are over 150 staff including 17 radiation oncologists, 13 radiation medical physicists, and 70 radiation therapists. Program members hold leadership positions within Canadian and International organizations, such as the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), CARO, ASTRO, and various international platforms.
The Research Portfolio is broad, producing 15 peer-reviewed publications per year and supporting four full-time equivalent physician positions dedicated to research and one Scientific Research Officer dedicated to research within the Radiation Oncology Program.
We participate in numerous national and international clinical trials and lead various research and cancer epidemiology and health outcomes programs through our partnership with Paul Albrechtsen Research Institute and the Provincial Cancer Registry. High-profile research interests include Advanced Imaging with Calypso system for liver SBRT, in vivo patient dose verification, and various research projects with Manitoba Prostate Centre, UFW, and UFM.
We also offer and support province-wide Imaging and Radiation Protection Services in accordance with the CancerCare Manitoba Act, the Radiation Protection Act and the College of Physicians and Surgeons Diagnostic Imaging Bylaws and Standards.