Consolidated Program offers Streamlined, Coordinated Care
On November 29, staff from St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) celebrated the official grand opening of the new Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP) located at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Members of the project team officially open the new Prostate DAP (Left to right – Jane Van Bilsen, South West Regional Cancer Program; Dr. Hassan Razvi, St. Joseph’s Health Care London; Ann Bornath, St. Joseph’s Health Care London; Don Park, Patient; Karen Perkin, St. Joseph’s Health Care London (second row on right)
The time from suspicion to diagnosis is a complex and important phase of the cancer journey. It is characterized by the need for many tests and consultations, and can create anxiety and stress for patients and their families. The Prostate DAP has consolidated all prostate biopsy procedures to St. Joseph’s Hospital, supporting an improved system of care across London Middlesex. Medical, surgical and radiation treatment will continue to be provided at decentralized sites within London, including LHSC.
Timely access to high quality diagnostic services improves the overall patient experience, accelerates appropriate treatments, reduces wait times, and enhances quality of life throughout the assessment of prostate cancer. In addition, it helps primary care providers gain access to diagnostic tests and results for their patients in a timely manner.
Diagnostic Assessment Programs were established by Cancer Care Ontario to advance a patient-centered approach in diagnostic care, drive integrated-care delivery among services and providers, and maximize the value of care delivered. The Prostate DAP follows the implementation of the Thoracic and Hepato Biliary Pancreatic (HPB) DAPs already established at LHSC.
For more information on the Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Program, click here to visit St. Joseph's website