The Lung Diagnostic Assessment Program (LDAP) started seeing patients on September 7, 2010, in the Outpatient Oncology Unit at the St. Catharines Site.
The LDAP is a partnership between the Niagara Health, Juravinski Cancer Centre and St. Josephs’ Healthcare Hamilton. The LDAP is an assessment clinic for patients who are suspected of having lung cancer. The goal of the program is to reduce wait times for diagnosis, to streamline diagnostic testing guided by an evidence-based diagnostic pathway, and to improve the patient experience and treatment outcomes. The program has had great success in achieving this goal and continues to work towards creating the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Key to the LDAP is the position of the Nurse Navigator whose primary function is to assess and triage patients, provide information and emotional support, fast track diagnostic tests and be the primary contact for the patient and family during diagnostic phase. The Nurse Navigator facilitates referrals to the most appropriate specialist so that a diagnosis and treatment plan can be developed as quickly as possible. The Nurse Navigator also serves as a liaison among referring physicians and specialists.
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.