Our Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program focuses on the screening and diagnostic components of cancer care. Through this program we work to strengthen the quality of pathology and laboratory medicine services across Ontario. Treatment plans and care for individual patients depend on having accurate and timely pathology and laboratory findings.
To have a system in place across the province that allows pathology and laboratory medicine providers and professionals to effectively and efficiently perform analyses of samples. This will:
allow patients to be diagnosed or have cancer ruled out accurately and quickly
ensure that the right treatments are selected for their specific cancer
allow necessary monitoring of the effectiveness of the treatment
Guideline for Optimization of Surgical and Pathological Quality Performance in Radical Prostatectomy in Prostate Cancer Management
17-3 EBS: September 2008
Optimization of Surgical and Pathological Quality Performance in Radical Surgery for Colon and Rectal Cancer: Margins and Lymph Nodes
17-4 EBS: April 2008
Guideline on Hormone Receptor Testing in Breast Cancer
22-1 EBS: April 2011
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program (PLMP) committee
The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program Committee was established in 2007 to advance the mission and vision of CCO by contributing to the development and implementation of the Program's annual provincial work plan. Members are responsible for promoting the work plan within their region, and bringing region-specific input to the provincial table. The Committee advises CCO on key issues relating to pathology and laboratory medicine programs funded by or relating to the mandate of CCO.
PLMP Committee Members
|1: Erie St. Clair
Dr. Mohammad Alomari, Windsor Regional Hospital
|2: South West
||Dr. David Driman, London Health Sciences Centre
3: Waterloo Wellington
Dr. Dimitrios Divaris, Grand River Hospital
|4: Hamilton Niagara
Dr. Vina Alexopoulou, Hamilton Health Sciences & St. Joseph’s Healthcare
|5: Central West
6: Mississauga Halton
| Dr. John Srigley, Trillium Health Partners Credit Valley Hospital
|7N: Toronto Central North
Dr. Nadia Ismiil, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
|7S: Toronto Central South
||Dr. Runjan Chetty, University Health Network
||Dr. Shaheda Handy, Southlake Regional Health Centre
|9: Central East
||Dr. Jeff Tanguay, Lakeridge Health Oshawa
|10: South East
||Dr. Sandy Boag, Queens University
||Dr. Diponkar Banerjee, The Ottawa Hospital
|12: North Simcoe Muskoka||Dr. Russell Price, Royal Victoria Hospital|
|13: North East||Dr. Michel Bonin, Health Sciences North|
|14: North West||Dr. Meagan Kennedy, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre|
Cancer stage refers to the extent of a cancer patient's disease. Cancer Care Ontario now captures stage data directly from patient records at regional cancer centres and community hospitals throughout Ontario.
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Synoptic Pathology Reporting
From 2008 to 2012, we embarked on a multi-year initiative with Ontario hospitals and pathologists to standardize pathology reporting across the province.
To improve the quality of cancer pathology by standardizing the content, format and electronic transmission of pathology reports to the Ontario Cancer Registry.
Implementation of the pan-Canadian endorsed College of American Pathologists (CAP) cancer protocol standard, and the North American Association of Centralized Cancer Registries (NAACCR) format standards.
With province-wide quality standards for cancer-related pathology reporting now in place, these high-quality, complete cancer pathology reports are better able to guide cancer diagnosis and help physicians and their patients make decisions about treatment. This helps improve both patient outcomes and quality of care.
The information in the synoptic pathology report can also help clinicians and system managers assess quality of surgical care.
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Synoptic Pathology Reporting