Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program
The Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the residents of Toronto Central.
Odette Cancer Centre
Opened in 1982 on the campus of Sunnybrook Hospital — now known as the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre — the Odette Cancer Centre sees 10,000 new patients per year. It boasts expert multidisciplinary health teams as well as state-of-the-art facilities that include 13 radiation treatment machines a new, state-of-the art Gamma Knife Icon, and an MR-Linac that we will installed in 2017.
In addition to providing the full spectrum of patient care, including preventive oncology, surgical oncology, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, medical imaging, psychosocial and palliative care, the Odette Cancer Centre is also intensively engaged in research, education and community outreach. The centre offers specialized clinics, including a clinic for women with locally advanced breast cancer, a program for young women with breast cancer and a clinic for women with gynecological malignancies who have sexual concerns.
Odette Cancer Centre offers specialty residency training and fellowship programs in partnership with the University of Toronto.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Opened in May 1958, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is an internationally recognized leader in the fight against cancer. Clinical and research staff include experts in oncology, with specialties that include surgical oncology, bone marrow transplantation, chemotherapy, hematology, radiation treatment, medical imaging and psychosocial oncology.
The hospital underwent a $15-million renovation completed in 1998. This renovation created treatment centres focusing on specific cancers including breast, prostate, brain tumours, and head and neck cancers. The hospital’s 750,000-square foot facility houses 202 patient beds, 350 ambulatory clinics, 397,000-square feet of research space, and 18 radiation treatment machines in special underground concrete bunkers.
The cancer centre, part of the University Health Network, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. During these 5 decades, the hospital treated more than 350,000 cancer patients. In 2014, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre treated 17,460 new patients and provided diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care at 370,000 clinic visits.
Over the past 20 years, there has been steady growth in the oncology programs at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
To continue to meet the demand for services and to improve the patient experience, the cancer centre began a multi-year renovation in mid-2017.
Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice-Presidents, Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program
Dr. Calvin H.L. Law
Dr. Calvin Law is the Chief, Odette Cancer Centre, and Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario. He is a cancer surgeon specializing in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and gastrointestinal surgical oncologist. He currently holds several leadership positions including:
- Cancer Care Ontario Head and Regional Lead of Surgical Oncology for Toronto Central North
- Chair for Gastrointestinal Oncology Site Group at Edmond Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Hanna Family Research Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto
- Adjunct Scientist for the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences
He is also an associate professor at the University of Toronto in surgery and is cross-appointed to the department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.
Dr. Law completed his medical school training at the University of Toronto, and went on to Cambridge, Massachusetts to complete his masters of public health at Harvard University. Dr. Law has served many roles including:
- national chair for several Canadian cancer groups
- co-founder and director of the Susan Leslie Clinic for Neuroendocrine Tumours
- member of the Program in Evidence-Based Care for Gastrointestinal Oncology at Cancer Care Ontario
- examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz
Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz is the medical director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network. She is also a professor and former chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. She is the past president of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).
Dr. Gospodarowicz received her medical degree from the University of Toronto and holds specialty certifications in internal medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncology. She is engaged in active radiation oncology clinical practice and is considered an expert in malignant lymphomas and genitourinary cancers.
Her research interests include the role of radiation treatment in lymphomas, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and testis cancer. She is also interested in developing and implementing image-guided precision radiotherapy, late effects research, survivorship programs and research.