Our Surgical Oncology Program (SOP) works to continually improve the quality and accessibility of cancer surgery across Ontario. As a partner in the Ontario government’s Wait Time Strategy, we direct and manage funding for additional cancer surgeries. And, because cancer surgery is performed at both academic and community hospitals, we engage surgeons in both planning and quality improvement initiatives.
Quality & Access Improvement Strategy
Identifying areas for quality and access improvement strategies/projects
Work with surgeons to identify knowledge gaps and problems in the organization and delivery of services
Develop indicators to measure outcomes
Audit practice using administrative, clinical and pathology data
Foster the development of innovative and independent research into cancer surgery
Developing evidence-based and consensus-driven guidelines and standards
Partner with the Program in Evidence-Based Care
Initiating knowledge transfer strategies/projects
Foster Communities of Practice by engaging surgeons to discuss quality issues
Support local champions and opinion leaders
Engage managers and physicians in quality projects
Develop knowledge tools
Link participation to professional development
Creating and supporting strategic funding initiatives (Cancer Surgery Agreements) to support quality and accessibility improvement strategies
Link surgery volume funding to participation in quality & access improvement projects
SOP works to ensure appropriate remuneration, (eg: Specialty Review Funding (SRF) and Alternate Funding Plans (AFP)) for surgical oncologists throughout the province
Measuring and providing feedback on performance indicators
Access to Care and Wait Times Strategy
Cancer surgery wait times have steadily improved since the province first began to publicly report wait times in August 2005.
The Cancer Surgery Wait Times initiative (part of Ontario’s Wait Time Strategy) has funded over 12,000 incremental cancer surgeries over the last three years. Most Cancer Surgery Agreement (CSA) hospitals have attained a 90% level of performance with regard to the number of cancer surgeries completed.
As a result of the strategy, the province has the first ever system to measure, monitor and manage cancer surgery wait times.
Provincial and Regional Leadership
We have established regional surgical leaders accountable for advancing quality and access initiatives in surgical oncology care in each Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN).
The Surgical Oncology Program provides a series of practical tools for physicians related to quality and access.
To learn more about the Surgical Oncology Program, email