Pharmacy

The pharmacy team is dedicated to ensuring safe, timely and effective drug therapy.

How can a clinical pharmacist help?

Preparing chemotherapy medications. (Photo by Phil Simms)
Preparing chemotherapy medications. (Photo by Phil Simms)

Pharmacists help you to understand and manage your medications and any side effects you may have. They review your medications to look for any possible drug interactions and make sure your cancer medication is given safely.

You may benefit from talking with a pharmacist if you :

  • are starting chemotherapy or medications to help with side effects of your chemotherapy;
  • have questions or concerns about your cancer medications, such as side effects, drug interactions, how or when to take your medications; and/or
  • are taking complementary or alternative medicines. Pharmacists can advise you about how medicines might interact with other medications that you are taking.

Pharmacy technicians, also called drug access coordinators, work closely with clinical pharmacists to help you and your family access programs to get some of your cancer medications.

You may benefit from talking with a drug access coordinator to see if you qualify for any assistance to get some of your cancer medications.

How to contact a clinical pharmacist:

As a new cancer patient, you will be given information to contact your pharmacy team member.

Clinical pharmacy services can also be coordinated through your local cancer patient navigator.

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