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Systemic Treatment Program

The Systemic Treatment Program improves the experience for all cancer patients receiving:

  • chemotherapy
  • hormone therapy
  • immune therapy
  • targeted therapy
  • supportive care treatment


The program works to support safe, high-quality care for all Ontarians while they are within a cancer centre or at home.



  • Expand the quality and safety agenda to encompass all settings where cancer patients have symptoms or receive treatment
  • Strengthen our models to support sustainability and care close to home
  • Monitor the effectiveness and accessibility of our system


Program Initiatives

  • Publish guidelines related to systemic treatment, e.g., Systemic Treatment Computerized Prescriber Order Entry guidelines
  • Maintain and continue to enhance the Drug Formulary, which provides cancer drug information for patients and healthcare providers; the Drug Formulary generates over 13,000 document downloads each month and mobile app downloads in over 100 countries
  • Identify, assess, implement and measure appropriate solutions to improve toxicity management for patients undergoing treatment
  • Support patients on oral chemotherapy through patient education, monitoring and medication adherence initiatives
  • Develop a sustainable funding model that supports high-quality practice
  • Facilitate the safe prescribing initiative to make sure systemic treatment orders are done by Computerized Prescriber Order Entry or pre-printed orders


Get Involved

If you are a clinician interested in collaborating with the Systemic Treatment Program, email the Drug Formulary Team.

Feature Drug Formulary

Find Ontario cancer drug and regimen monographs, and symptom and side effect management information.

View Drug Formulary