The Referral Centres at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre and Saskatoon Cancer Centre are responsible for processing new patient referrals and ensuring patients are booked for assessment in as timely a manner as possible. Our Referral Centres are staffed by registered nurses and clerical support.
Patients at the cancer centres are seen and treated by referral after a diagnosis of cancer. We do not see walk-in patients, and patients cannot book an appointment unless referred by a family physician, a specialist or a surgeon. Once we have received a referral, patients are placed on a waiting list. In most cases, the patient’s chart will be reviewed by one or more oncologists in order to determine if additional tests are required (ultrasound, CT scan, bone scan, etc.).
As with many medical specialties, there may be a waiting list to be seen at the cancer centres. When booking appointments, we take into account factors such as referral date, surgery date, medical urgency and a patient’s symptoms. If you have concerns about your wait time, please contact the Referral Centre at the numbers listed below. We will provide you an approximate timeframe for when you can expect to be seen. Please note that new patients are booked four to eight weeks in advance; therefore, we may not be able to provide you with an exact date right away.
What we can do for you
We recognize that a cancer diagnosis is very stressful for patients and family members. Waiting for an appointment only adds to the anxiety. The Referral Centres provide the following information to prospective patients:
- status of a patient’s referral
- general information regarding how the cancer centres operate and what patients can expect
- access to support services
For more detailed information, please click the New Patient Guide link provided below or visit the New Patient Orientation section of the website.
We ask that you restrict the number of people who are calling to inquire about your case. In our experience, it is best if we can communicate directly with patients. If you need someone to communicate on your behalf, we ask that only one person be designated. Please note that if you are calling on a patient’s behalf, you must have the patient’s consent before we will share any information with you. We are unable to exchange information by email due to privacy policies, therefore it is best to contact the Referral Centre by phone.
Frequently asked questions
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about being referred to the cancer centres.
Saskatoon Cancer Centre
20 Campus Drive
Canada S7N 4H4
Telephone: (306) 655-6609
Fax: (306) 655-6610
Allan Blair Cancer Centre
4101 Dewdney Avenue
Canada S4T 7T1
Telephone: (306) 766-2213
Fax: (306) 766-2939