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Thoracic (lung) diagnostic assessment program

What is a thoracic diagnostic assessment program (thoracic DAP)?
The thoracic DAP at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (GRRCC) is an innovative joint program, between the GRRCC and St. Mary’s General Hospital, designed to shorten wait times for Waterloo-Wellington region patients with suspected lung cancer. The goal of the thoracic DAP team is to assess and diagnose lung cancer at the earliest possible phase of their cancer journey, decrease wait times for surgery and eliminate many visits to practitioners or health care facilities.

Patients can be referred by their family physician, nurse practitioner or a physician at a walk-in clinic following an abnormal chest x-ray.  Referring physicians are asked to order a CT chest scan at the same time as submitting the thoracic DAP referral form.  Our team will expedite CT chest appointments if necessary. The thoracic DAP offers a coordinated approach to assessing and diagnosing patients and provides necessary physical and emotional support. The thoracic DAP fosters an environment that supports both the patient and their family members.

Who is on the support care team?
The regional thoracic DAP team includes a thoracic surgeon, a respirologist, a nurse navigator and a clinical secretary. Patients will see all or some of the members of the team as necessary. The physical and emotional needs of patients and their families are handled by various members of the team. The Thoracic DAP team has built a strong relationship with the diagnostic imaging departments of Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital to expedite necessary testing. Patient cases are also reviewed with a multidisciplinary team of lung cancer experts to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Where is the thoracic DAP located?
Our regional clinic is located at the GRRCC in the radiation department on floor three at 835 King Street West in Kitchener.
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