What is a Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Assessment Program (GI DAP)?
The GI DAP consists of two regional programs, the Regional Colonoscopy Network (RCN) and the GI Nurse Navigator.
The RCN is designed to decrease wait times for patients who are 50 to 74 years old with a positive fecal occult blood (FOBT) test or who have a family history of colorectal cancer. The RCN closely follows the colorectal screening guidelines from Cancer Care Ontario and Ontario’s ColonCancerCheck program.
Patients can be referred by their family physician with a positive FOBT (50 to 74 yrs of age) or where there is a family history of colorectal cancer.
The centralized referral office at the RCN screens and prepares patients for colonoscopies through a telephone consultation and books patients into the next available RCN screening appointments at one of six participating regional hospitals. These are Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Grand River Hospital (Kitchener), Groves Memorial Community Hospital (Fergus), Guelph General Hospital, Louise Marshall Hospital (Mount Forest) and St. Mary’s General Hospital (Kitchener).
Over 30 regional gastroenterologists and surgeons participate in this program providing timely access to screening colonoscopy. To obtain the RCN referral form click here.
The GI nurse navigator provides support and guidance to patients during the early phase of a new colorectal cancer diagnosis.
Patients are referred to the nurse navigator by regional surgeons and gastroenterologists.
The GI nurse navigator provides support, education and guidance to patients during the early days of a new cancer diagnosis and acts as a patient advocate to obtain the earliest date for pre-operative testing and treatment. Support can be provided over the phone, or one on one in person. The GI nurse navigator follows guidelines from Cancer Care Ontario regarding the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer.
To obtain the GI DAP referral form click here.