Prostate Brachytherapy Reimbursement Program
The Prostate Brachytherapy Reimbursement Program was established in 1999
with the goal of ensuring that hospitals are reimbursed for the cost of
radioactive seeds that are used for brachytherapy treatment for
prostate cancer for eligible patients. To date, funding has been
provided for more than 4,000 patients.
Physics Residency Program
The Physics Residency Program works to ensure that Ontario’s radiation
cancer programs continue to have the necessary staff clinical physicists
available to provide high quality and safe treatments, ensuring that
these physicists are provided with specialized training in radiation
physics to enable them to meet the needs of cancer patients treated with
state-of-the-art radiation facilities.
Harold E. John's (HeJ) Medical Physics Studentship Program
The HeJ funding fellowship helps those pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s
degree in physics, medical physics, mathematics, chemistry or
engineering science; and attracts interest in the field of medical
physics and entrance into the Ontario cancer system.
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Harold E. John's Medical Physics Studentship Program
Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist (CSRT) Project
The CSRT is a new role in healthcare to describe radiation therapists
practicing at an advanced level after gaining advanced knowledge and
skills. The Radiation Treatment Program oversees the implementation of
this role in Ontario’s cancer centres through the CSRT Project.
Pilot project results show an overall positive impact of the CSRT
positions on the participating regional cancer programs and services. We
established the CSRT Integration Project to continue the permanent
integration of the CSRT role into Ontario’s cancer care system.
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Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice in Ontario
eOutcomes-H&N: Outcomes Data Collection in Head and Neck Cancer
Aligned with the
Ontario Cancer Plan
, which highlights the importance of improving patient outcomes, we are
developing and implementing an application (called eOutcomes-H&N) to
enable the secure collection of point-of-care outcomes data for
patients with head and neck cancers in selected regional cancer centres.
This project aims to capture outcomes data in a provincial, systemic
The key learnings and IT infrastructure developed as a part of this
initiative will help us improve the way we collect and manage outcomes
data for other types of cancer and cancer treatments.
Peer Review Quality Assurance
Peer Review Quality Assurance (QA) is the evaluation of components of a
radiation treatment plan by a second radiation oncologist. All members
of the radiation treatment team (radiation oncologist, medical
physicist, radiation therapist) have a role in informing the peer review
Peer review can help avoid medical errors by correcting deficiencies in a
specific patient’s proposed treatment, and correcting the plan before
treatment starts. Peer review QA processes are designed to ensure that
the radiation treatment plan is safe and effective. Strong evidence
exists for the value of peer review. For minimal effort, the positive
effect on health outcomes is significant.
Communities of Practice
What is a Community of Practice?
The concept of Community of Practice (CoP) is relatively new. It has
been defined as “a group of people who share a concern, a set of
problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and
expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis.”
(Source: Wenger 2002)
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are increasingly recognized by healthcare
institutions as an important method to improve health outcomes and
develop effective quality improvement initiatives.
4 Characteristics of a CoP
CoPs are a feasible and effective approach to transfer knowledge, share best practices and ensure high-quality care.
The Radiation Treatment Program has established CoPs in these specialties:
Head and Neck
IMRT External Collaborative Quality Assurance Program (CQA)
The goal of this program is to offer an Intensity Modulated Radiation
Therapy (IMRT) quality assurance service for all radiotherapy centers in
Ontario, and provide a current status assessment of IMRT planning,
delivery and performance. The benefit is a high standard of quality for
IMRT planning and delivery across the province.
This program was first developed in 2009 by Princess Margaret Hospital’s Radiation Treatment Program and Cancer Care Ontario.