Navigating the Cancer Journey

The NWT cancer pathway, also called the continuum of care, is very complex and can be difficult to navigate. Screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and palliation take cancer patients through a complicated circuit of services provided at primary health care centers in their home communities, Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, and the Cross Cancer Institute run by Alberta Health Services (AHS) in Edmonton.

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Diagnosis & Treatment 

Preparing for Your Appointments 


Giving and Receiving Support 

Cancer Care Coordinator

The Cancer Care Coordinator is located in Stanton Territorial Hospital, Clinic Services. The Cancer Care Coordinator is a nurse with oncology experience. The Cancer Care Coordinator is available to cancer patients throughout the NWT and Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. The Coordinator’s primary responsibilities are to provide patient and family education, assist patients in seeking out resources and supports and assistance in navigating the cancer care system in the NWT. Patients can be referred to the Cancer Care Coordinator through their physician. The Coordinator can be reached at 867-669-4310 or by e-mail at

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a community organization that supports cancer research, provides information on all cancer types, organizes community programs, and leads initiatives in cancer prevention. The Canadian Cancer Society website contains information about the following services and more:

  • The Canadian Cancer Society office in Yellowknife is located at #207 4817 49 Street. Their number is 867-920-4428.
  • The Canadian Cancer Society office in Edmonton is located at #201 9452 51 Avenue. Their number is 780-455-7181.

Cancer Chat Canada

Cancer chat is an online source of support for cancer patients, caregivers, and family and friends. The online support system is facilitated by professionals. Click here

CancerView Canada

CancerView Canada is a site that connects Canadians to cancer services, information and resources. There is a Community of Information page with resources on cancer control for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. On this page, there are videos where people share their personal cancer journeys as well as a knowledge circle with links to publications and research on cancer prevention, testing, treatment, and living with cancer. Click here