Group Name: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – Ostomy (stoma) Support

Description: The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has 12 site groups and 26 specialty clinics, and almost 3,000 staff who see over 400,000 patient visits every year. Its 800,000 square feet house 130 inpatient beds, 373,000 square feet of research space and 17 radiation treatment machines.

Enterostomal therapy nurses can help you adjust to your ostomy (a surgically constructed opening from the bladder or bowel to the outside of the body). You can meet with an enterostomal therapy nurse before your surgery. The nurse will give you information and answer your questions about living with an ostomy.

After your surgery the nurse will teach you how to manage your ostomy and ostomy pouching system. You can call an enterostomal therapy nurse after you leave the hospital if you need advice or have any concerns about your ostomy. Also, a stoma clinic is available by appointment if you have difficulties with your pouching system.

Enterostomal therapy nurses can give you practical help, advice and education about: managing an ostomy in everyday life; caring for your ostomy pouching system; problem-solving if leakage occurs; ostomy support groups; living a full and active life.

Where: 610 University Ave | Toronto, ON, M5T 2M9

When: If you want to speak to an enterostomal therapy nurse, ask your doctor for a referral.

Contact: Debra Johnston 416-340-4800 Ext. 7209 | Nancy Parslow 416-340-4800 Ext. 4399 | www.theprincessmargaret.ca

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