Research Facilities


Our two primary teaching hospitals – Odette Cancer Centre (OCC) and The Princess Margaret (PM) – rank among the largest and most progressive cancer care facilities in North America.

Their respective Radiation Medicine Programs, which encompass the Departments of Radiation Therapy, Radiation Oncology and Radiation Physics, boast some of the most advanced technologies and treat a volume and variety of patients that is among the highest on the continent.

Combined, they employ over 60 radiation oncologists, more than 50 radiation physicists and 300 radiation therapists, many who are internationally known for their work in radiation medicine.

Both facilities are well equipped to support modern 3D radiation treatment planning with Pinnacle treatment planning terminals, high-energy photon and electron radiation treatment, total body irradiation, stereotactic radiation therapy and radiosurgery, conformal, intensity-modulated and image-guided radiation therapy, and LDR and HDR brachytherapy.

Our department is also affiliated with several U of T Teaching Hospitals located in the Toronto area.

Odette Cancer Centre

The OCC, a comprehensive cancer program at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC), is one of the largest cancer treatment and research facilities in North America.
OCC operates programs in:

  • radiation treatment
  • medical oncology
  • surgical oncology
  • prevention
  • palliative care

The facility:

  • sees approximately 10,000 new patients annually for diagnosis and treatment and has over 75,000 patient follow-up visits per year.
  • radiation therapy facility at OCC treats approximately 6000 cancer patients with radiation therapy each year on 13 radiation machines for a total of 120,000 treatment visits annually.

The Princess Margaret (PM)

The Princess Margaret is the largest cancer treatment and research facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America.

The PM operates programs in:

  • radiation oncology
  • surgical oncology
  • medical imaging
  • chemotherapy
  • psychosocial oncology
  • hematology
  • bone marrow transplantation

The facility:

  • accommodates 220 patient beds, 160,000 sq. ft. of research space, and 17 radiation treatment machines in concrete bunkers.
  • serves 10,000 new patients a year seeing about 190,000 outpatients annually for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.
  • radiation therapy facility treats over 7500 cancer patients with radiation therapy each year for a total of nearly 110,000 treatment visits annually.