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Regional Success Stories

 

Regional Cancer Programs are the networks of stakeholders, healthcare professionals and organizations involved in cancer prevention and care. The programs are aligned with the province’s Local Health Integration Networks. Each is led by a Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice President, who plays a leadership role in continuous improvement of services.

Between 2011 and early 2015, more patients participated in screening programs, waited less time for radiation, and accessed high-quality care closer to home. These major improvements were thanks to the commitment and hard work of our regional partners. Here, we celebrate just a few of their improvements to patient experience and cancer services.

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Erie St.Clair

Three health professionals looking at a computer monitor Windsor Regional Hospital aggressively reduced radiation wait times with the aid of the Treatment Planning Tracker, a locally developed workflow and wait-time management system, and daily treatment-planning huddles. More than 95% of patients now receive their radiation treatment within provincially mandated wait time targets, compared with less than 85% in 2011.

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South West

Mobile phone in hand The " Pink and Blue Notes for Primary Care" resource guides were well received by primary care providers across the region, and have been adopted by several other regions. These innovative toolkits help care providers managing their patients in the followup phase, and allow patients to be confident in their care.

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Waterloo Wellington

Waterloo Wellington's healthcare professionals The unique and creative campaign called “ Build a Butt ” increased public awareness of the ColonCancerCheck program. More than 76,000 views on the campaign’s Facebook page and an increase of more than 200 fecal blood test kits processed (compared with previous year) demonstrated that people were interested talking about colorectal cancer screening.

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Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant

Doctor and patient in radiation treatment The regional Radiation Treatment Program is a fully integrated model that enables the optimal use of physicians to deliver care for their residents. Person-centred care closer to home is being facilitated by: specialized services at the Juravinski Cancer Centre; additional radiation facilities and services at the newly opened Walker Family Cancer Centre; as well as increased capacity for radiation referral and followup clinics in Burlington and Brantford.

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Central West and Mississauga Halton

Central West Mississauga Halton team The new Gynecological Oncology Program at Credit Valley Hospital provided improved access and quality services to patients. In 2013/14, 80% of women living in the Mississauga Halton/Central West regions who needed gynecological oncology surgery received it in their own region compared with 27% in 2010/11.

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Central West and Mississauga Halton

Central West Mississauga Halton team The new Gynecological Oncology Program at Credit Valley Hospital provided improved access and quality services to patients. In 2013/14, 80% of women living in the Mississauga Halton/Central West regions who needed gynecological oncology surgery received it in their own region compared with 27% in 2010/11.

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Toronto Central

Sunnybrook's health care professionals At Sunnybrook’ s Odette Cancer Centre, volunteers, unit coordinators, clinic coordinators, nurses and radiation therapists worked together to increase symptom screening rates by 61% over the first few months of their 2014 "How Are You Feeling" campaign.

 Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's Cyclotron In addition, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has implemented new programs such as IMPACT/COMPACT molecular profiling and therapy, molecular imaging, image-guided/robotic-assisted interventions, immunotherapy and personalized support interventions, such as its Adolescent and Young Adults Program. These programs and others ensure that the right patients receive the right treatment at the right time.

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Central

Stronach Regional Cancer Centre building Every patient who receives radiation treatment at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre undergoes a multidisciplinary peer quality review. Over 98% of patients treated at the centre have benefited from these radiation oncology reviews, in which collaborative discussion between healthcare providers has led to improved patient safety and quality of care.

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Central East

Patient and doctor smiling The Durham Regional Cancer Centre in Oshawa opened a satellite radiation treatment unit in Peterborough. Radiation staff and radiation oncologists travel to Peterborough daily to ensure that patients receive the same high-quality standard of care that they would otherwise get in the Regional Cancer Centre.

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South East

South East facility Kingston General Hospital nearly doubled the size of its cancer care facilities, allowing for new outpatient clinics, a new pediatric unit, increased space for chemotherapy and radiation treatment, state-of-the-art technologies and equipment, and a 24% increase in the number of treated cases.

Find out more in Cancer Care South East News

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Champlain

Doctor consulting patient The Wellness Beyond Cancer Program ensures breast and colorectal patients, upon treatment completion, receive appropriate followup care and resources. More than 2,500 patients have been referred since spring 2012. Over half were discharged with a survivorship care plan to their primary care provider while the remaining are cared for by a cancer centre nurse practitioner.

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North Simcoe Muskoka

North Simcoe Muskoka Cancer Centre The first comprehensive Regional Cancer Centre in the region opened in 2012, providing care closer to home for the region. Since its opening, the 73,000-square-foot Barrie facility has accommodated more than 200,000 patient visits and consultation to more than 8,200 patients.

Find out more about Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program or download the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Plan

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North East

Patient with health care professionals Oral chemotherapy processes were improved, including electronically generated orders, and revised tools for nursing documentation, telephone monitoring, and patient education. These streamlined processes, developed in partnership with patients and private pharmacies, maximize patient safety.

Find out more about cancer care in North East on the Health Sciences North website.

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North West

North West team Patients who must travel from outlying communities can now access the Rapid Assessment Clinic and receive compressed 2-day to 3-day lung assessment services from a multidisciplinary team of experts. Patients are able to stay at the patient lodge free of charge while accessing supportive care services.

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1 Erie St. Clair 8 Central
2South West 9Central East
3Waterloo Wellington 10South East
4Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant 11Champlain
5Central West 12North Simcoe Muskoka
6Mississauga Halton 13North East
Toronto Central 14North West