What to Expect at the Ruth Burnett Centre

At the Ruth Burnett Centre for Outpatient Oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital patients are treated for a range of cancers including breast, colon, bowel, gastric and lung cancer, as well as some disorders of blood.

We have compiled information to help you know what to bring, who you might meet and what treatments you may receive at the Ruth Burnett Centre.


  • Please check in at the front desk when you arrive. Our receptionist will greet you, answer any questions that you may have about your visit and provide you with any special instructions about your visit today.
  • Please bring your health card (OHIP) or any other coverage with you.
  • You will be asked to complete the Your Symptoms Matter screening tool at each visit before you meet with your medical oncologist or oncology nurse.

What to bring

  • A list of any current prescription or non-prescription medicines, herbal or vitamin supplements
  • Mammograms, ultrasounds, X-rays or results of other tests you had before coming to Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Contact information for your family doctor and any specialists you are currently seeing or have seen recently (name, office address and phone number)
  • A notepad and pen comes in handy to help you remember everything your health care team tells you
  • The name, address and phone number of your drug store/pharmacy

During the visit, there may be a wait time.  You are welcome to bring snacks, drinks, and something to pass the time, like a book, or tablet with headphones.

  • Please feel free to bring a support person with you, especially if it is a visit that you anticipate receiving new information.

Your first visit

  • Your first visit will be a consultation with an oncologist – a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer.
  • You may also see a nurse who will take your blood pressure and heart rate. You may also have your height and weight measured.
  • The doctor will examine you and talk about your results from other treatments or medical tests.
  • The doctor will explain your treatment options and go through the benefits and side effects.
  • You will receive a start date for your treatment.
  • You may meet with other health care professionals such as a dietitian or social worker, depending on your situation.

On the day of treatment

  • Depending on the time of your appointment, you will either have your blood work done in the clinic or in the outpatient lab area of the hospital. The receptionist will direct you upon check-in.
  • You will be asked to complete the Your Symptoms Matter [screening on a tablet before you see your doctor or nurse. This is a quick and easy way for your doctor and nurse to review any symptoms or concerns that you have.
  • Your doctor will review your blood results with you and will confirm if you will receive chemotherapy on this day.
  • Once your treatment is ready, you will then be called by a nurse to go to the chemotherapy treatment room.
  • If you brought a support person, they can sit with you in the treatment area. There is also a food court on the main floor of the hospital if they would like to take a break.
  • The nurse will provide you with any important instructions about your care at home during your visit.

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