Regional Cancer Programs were created and are funded by Cancer Care Ontario. They respond to local cancer issues. They also coordinate care across local and regional healthcare providers and work to continually improve access to care, wait times and the quality of programs and services.
The Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program is responsible for the quality and delivery of cancer services for the areas of Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton, and Windsor/Essex. It is a network of healthcare professionals and organizations involved in cancer prevention and care. It is overseen by a Regional Vice President of Cancer Services and is supported by staff.
It is one of 14 Regional Cancer Programs across Ontario. For each Regional Cancer Program, there is a regional cancer centre. Windsor Regional Hospital operates the regional cancer centre for Erie St. Clair.
The following links contain additional information about the Regional Cancer Program and Cancer Care Ontario:
Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP)
Mammography is the preferred screening method for women at average risk of developing breast cancer.
For Referral Criteria, please see below.
Referrals can be faxed to 519-255-8688.
To contact the Genetic Counsellor, call 519-254-5577 ext. 58601.
Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP)
Click here for the Ontario Cervical Screening Guidelines Summary.
Primary care providers can order more FOBT kits by faxing a request to 519-672-6965.
ColonCancerCheck Screening Recommendations Summary.
In order to conduct clinical trials, investigators must satisfy a number of regulatory requirements and ensure the trial and all its components are approved by a Research Ethics Board.
At WRH, the Cancer Program has a Clinical Trials Department which facilitates meeting these regulatory requirements and also assists in running and managing Clinical Trials. We currently have 5 staff members in the department, four Study Coordinators running the trials and recruiting patients, and one Business Coordinator who manages the day to day and administrative logistics, including study contracts, budgets, training requirements and study startup.
In order to ensure your patient is triaged in the most efficient manner, please review the Disease Site Guidelines for required work-up scans and procedures.
It is expected that the referred patient has been informed of their diagnosis of cancer prior to their referral.
Cancer Centre clerical staff will contact new patients by telephone a few days after the referral is made to provide further information about their first appointment. This may cause undue stress for newly diagnosed patients if they are unaware of their diagnosis.
The Indigenous Navigator helps indigenous patients, their families, and caregivers.
The Indigenous Navigator Can:
Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients who are diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses. This medical approach looks at each individual as a whole – physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
Patients must be active patients, and meet all three criteria to be seen:
If your patient meets the required referral criteria, please complete the referral form and fax it to 519-255-8679.
Referral Form Coming Soon.
A diagnosis of life-threatening illness considered palliative requiring:
*** Please indicate the appropriate request on the referral form ***
Doctor's Referral Form to Palliative Medicine Physician Program
Diagnosis and Treatment:
Pathways are a quality improvement tool for the Ontario cancer system. Pathways are flowcharts that show a high-level overview of the care a cancer patient in Ontario should receive.
The following pathways have been developed by Cancer Care Ontario to guide cancer treatment in the province:
Click here to learn more about Disease Pathway Maps - Healthcare Provider Q&A
Cancer Care Ontario Disease Pathway Management
Learn more about breast reconstruction options in this Breast Reconstruction Resource.
Surveillance and Follow-up Guidelines
To request physical copies of the guides, call 519-254-5577 ext. 58620.
Continuing Medical Education Opportunity
Cancer Survivorship 101: Clinical Pearls for Primary Care is a 1.5-hour accredited CME for Primary Care Providers (PCPs) that discusses the role of PCPs in the follow-up care of cancer survivors and what resources are available.
If you are interested in this CME, please call 519-254-5577 x58620.
Survivorship - Information on Common Concerns
The Canadian Cancer Society highlights some common concerns that cancer survivors may face when thinking about the future:
For more information, please see the documents below, or contact our Call Centre at 519-253-5253.
The Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program Clinical Leads.
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