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Cancer treatment drugs

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Cancer treatment drugs work in different ways to destroy cancer cells, stop them from spreading or slow down their growth. This guide will help you find general information on Intravenous (IV) Chemotherapy, Oral Chemotherapy / Oral Targeted Drugs and Immunotherapy. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for more information. 


classesDrop-in sessions and classes

Chemotherapy Patient Education Class

  • These sessions are open to patients, family, and friends and are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 3:00pm in the Jenkin Auditorium, (basement level of the Odette Cancer Centre). 
  • Your doctor or nurse will arrange for you to come to a class. If this has not been arranged for you, please ask your doctor or nurse.

These free drop-in sessions and classes take place in the Odette Cancer Centre for patients and caregivers.

Please pick up a calendar from the PEARL (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) or go to (click on My workshops and classes).

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videosVideos and podcasts

Canadian Cancer Society

  • If you take oral chemotherapy / oral targeted medications, this video "Taking oral chemotherapy at home" will help you learn how to safely handle, store and take oral chemotherapy.
  • To watch the video, go to

Odette Cancer Centre

Cancer Quest (US-based)

Cancer Care (US-based)

  • Listen online at, or on your smartphone / tablet (search for Cancer Care in the Podcasts app).



Chemotherapy and Other Drug Therapies (Canadian Cancer Society)

  • Please go to or drop by the PEARL (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) at Odette Cancer Centre to pick up your copy.

Chemotherapy patient guide (Odette Cancer Centre)

Immunotherapy Patient Education (Odette Cancer Centre)

Guides on how to manage your symptoms (Cancer Care Ontario)

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to find out which guides are right for you. Pick up your copy from the PEARL (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) at Odette Cancer Centre or go to

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Mouth Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Neuropathy (Odette Cancer Centre)

  • Please visit the PEARL (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) to pick up your copy.



You can borrow these books from the Odette Cancer Centre / Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Please visit the PEARL Library (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) or call 416.480.4534 for more information.

  • Goes Down Easy: Recipes to Help You Cope With The Challenge of Eating During Cancer Treatment, 2006
  • The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, 2012

Drug information sheetsDrug information sheets

Drug Formulary (Cancer Care Ontario)

This online library will give you information on cancer drugs. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to find out more about a specific drug.  

Support services

Odette Nursing Team

Every patient has a nursing line connected to your doctor. This number is given to you at your clinic visit.
Registered nurses can answer your questions, about treatment, give support for symptoms, and side effects, and provide information on how to manage care at home.

Odette Cancer Centre Pharmacy

Telephone: 416.480.4671
Location: T-wing, first floor
Visit with one of our pharmacists who will help explain more about the chemotherapy drug you are taking and help manage any symptoms and side effects of chemotherapy.

Odette Patient & Family Support

Telephone: 416.480.4623
Location: TG-230 (T-wing, ground floor)
Free services to help you manage stress, worry, financial concerns, changes in health, and daily activities.

Odette Nutrition Resource Centre

Telephone: 416.480.5000 ext.3438
Location: Odette Cancer Centre, T-wing, ground floor, TG-261 (across from Druxy's)
A free drop-in service for you to meet with Clinical Nutrition staff who can review your diet and answer any questions or concerns about nutrition before, during and after chemotherapy.

Canadian Cancer Society

Toll-free: 1.888.939.3333
Free services that includes peer support, support groups, online communities, a cancer information telephone line, and the Wheels of Hope Transportation Service.

Cancer Chat Canada

Professionally-led online support groups for people affected by Cancer.

Look Good Feel Better

Telephone: 1.800.914.5665
During treatment, your appearance may change. Learn about skin care, cosmetics, sun care and hair alternatives.

Gilda's Club Toronto

Telephone: 416.214.9898
Location: Toronto
Free support groups and exercise classes for people going through cancer treatment.

Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre

Telephone: 905.579.4833
Location: Oshawa
Free support services and workshops, include Brain Fog Workshop, Food For Thought: Eat Well to Feel Well During Cancer Treatment, and more.  


Telephone: 1.877.499.9904
Location(s): Several including Westerkirk House (on the Sunnybrook campus)
Free programs and services include Brain Fog, Nourish: Healthy Eating During Treatment, exercise programs and many more.

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Cancer-Related Brain Fog

Some chemotherapy drugs and other treatments can affect your brain function. This may be known as "chemo fog," "chemo brain" or "mental fatigue."

  • To learn more, go to or
  • Attend a program at Wellspring or Hearth Place to help learn coping strategies (see contact information in the "Support Services" section).  
  • Watch a video on how to manage cancer-related brain fog at (click on Cancer-related brain fog → start video at 7:20).

Looking for a wig or head covering?

  • Visit Continental Hair Wig Salon (located at Sunnybrook, at the Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre, in M-wing, 6th floor) or call 416.480.5157.
Free wigs and head coverings are available by the Odette Cancer Centre wig donation program (located in T-wing, ground floor). 


While this information may be useful, it is intended for educational purposes only. Please continue to ask your health care team if you have questions or concerns. For any other inquiries, please contact us at


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