The dream to provide excellent quality cancer services closer to home
for residents of York Region and South Simcoe County is one that began
many years ago and was fully realized in 2010 with the opening of the
centerpiece of our Regional Cancer Program, the Stronach Regional Cancer
Centre at Southlake. Our state-of-the-art facility at Southlake
Regional Health Centre in Newmarket represents an advanced model for
cancer care, combining sophisticated cancer technology with expert,
patient-focused services and supportive care.
Leading Edge Technology
Housed in a purpose-built four-storey, 90,000-square foot facility, the
Cancer Centre features three radiation treatment rooms, a simulator
suite with a planning CT scanner, a chemotherapy unit with 23 chairs and
adjacent chemo pharmacy, two out-patient clinics with 20 rooms for
assessment, treatment and supportive care, and a designated space for
clinical drug trials.
In-patient and out-patient services across the Southlake campus include:
- The newest screening and diagnostic equipment, designed to more accurately detect cancer at its earliest stage.
- Expedited diagnosis and treatment, recognizing the critical
importance of early intervention for successful treatment outcomes and
reducing the stress and anxiety associated with prolonged waits.
- Focus on less invasive and more effective treatments methods.
- A full range of support services to address the psycho-social needs of patients and family.
- State-of-the-art image-guided radiation therapy technology and
information systems—the current gold standard for radiation treatment
The Regional Cancer Program at Southlake is in a unique and enviable
position. The program’s team of physicians, physicists, radiation
therapists and other professionals is exceptionally talented,
experienced and caring. Through our collaborative partnership with
Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Toronto, one of the top five
comprehensive cancer research centres in the world, the Cancer Program
team provides its patients with access to the most up-to-date knowledge
and treatment approaches, and the latest professional developments in
cancer care including absolute cutting edge treatment options as part of
clinical trials and research. PMH is the world leader in cancer stem
cell research, image-guided therapeutics, lung cancer research and
treatment, and patient survivorship program development. For Southlake
patients, our partnership means access to the newest treatment
discoveries at the earliest opportunity.
Commitment to Our Patients
Diagnosing and treating the medical or clinical aspects of cancer is
only part of the quality care services that are offered by Southlake’s
Regional Cancer Program team. At Southlake, it is our Vision to provide
shockingly excellent service. Attending to our patients’ emotional,
social, and spiritual needs at every stage of diagnosis, treatment,
recovery, or end of life care is a huge part of our commitment to
ensuring the best possible care for cancer patients and their loved
The Regional Cancer Program at Southlake
The Regional Cancer Program at Southlake is designed to ensure that
patients receive a consistently high quality of cancer care, in a timely
fashion, and as close to home as possible. It is the designated
Regional Cancer Centre for the Central Regional Cancer Program, one of
14 Regional Cancer Programs in Ontario.
Southlake’s Cancer Care Program provides a range of in-patient and
out-patient oncology services, including radiation, a giant step forward
made possible by the 2010 opening of the full-service Stronach Regional
Cancer Centre at Southlake. The Cancer Centre features an expanded
23-bed chemotherapy unit, two out-patient clinics, designated space for
clinical drug trials, and three radiation treatment rooms. Each room is
equipped with image-guided radiation therapy and Volumetric Modulated
Arc Therapy (VMAT), both considered the “gold standard” in radiation
therapy equipment. This sophisticated equipment enables the healthcare
team to target the area requiring treatment more accurately and
precisely. For patients, this means that their individual treatments
take significantly less time, and their risk of experiencing
side-effects is reduced. Impressively,
From a surgical standpoint, the Regional Cancer Program at Southlake has
been very successful in providing timely surgical procedures. The
average wait time from the date the decision is made to treat surgically
to the date the operation takes place is 55 days, significantly less
than the provincial average of 64 days and the maximum target of 84
In addition to our physicians who specialize in cancer treatment, and
volunteers who are trained in providing companionship and emotional
support, the program’s nurses, technicians, therapists, and other
professional support staff provide compassionate and individualized
care, with an emphasis on involving patients in their own treatment
plans. Several of the program’s registered nurses have achieved their
Canadian Oncology Certificate, recognized by the Canadian Nursing
Association as the highest academic achievement for oncology nurses.
The Central Regional Cancer Program is led by Dr. Louis Balogh, who was
previously Chief of Staff at Southlake and subsequently Vice President
in Senior Administration. Today, along with his duties as Regional Vice
President for Cancer Care Ontario, Dr. Balogh is also responsible for
the Regional Cardiac, Surgery, and Cancer Programs at Southlake.