The Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Program (PDAP) is designed to improve quality of care and reduce wait times for men with a suspicion of prostate cancer.
The clinic, the first of its kind in Niagara, is modelled on Cancer Care Ontario’s Diagnostic Assessment Organizational Standards. The clinic improves quality by following standardized, evidence-based diagnostic protocols, enhancing coordination of care, improving communication among patients, families and their healthcare providers and by reducing wait times for test results and consultation.
The goal is to have a consultation and any needed diagnostic procedures completed quickly to lessen the worry that comes with waiting.
All men, and their families if they wish, when diagnosed with prostate cancer will have access to a large collection of education and resources, as well as the option of support from the Niagara Prostate Cancer Support Group. Everybody will have a multidisciplinary visit with the experts who treat prostate cancer, including a urologist and radiation oncologist, for discussion and recommendations on the most up to date treatment options.
This partnership between Urology and Oncology demonstrates the importance of bringing our collective knowledge and expertise together to provide our patients and families with the best possible healthcare.