What is a breast diagnostic assessment program (Breast DAP)?

The breast diagnostic assessment program (DAP) is a service which provides coordinated care by a nurse and clerical navigator to support patients seen at the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre at the Freeport Campus.  Patients are assessed and offered physical, emotional support and education by the nurse navigator from the time of a suspected breast cancer to ruling out cancer, or being diagnosed. The breast DAP provides support to both the patients and their families.

When do I meet the nurse navigator?

During a visit at the breast assessment clinic, most women will see a surgeon and nurse navigator, have diagnostic imaging done and, if required, a breast biopsy all on the same day.

Who is on the care team?

The breast DAP team consists of a nurse navigator, clinical secretary, breast surgeons, radiologists, mammography and ultrasound technologists. Practical and emotional needs of the women and their families are handled by many members of the team.  Patient cases may be reviewed at a multidisciplinary cancer conference (MCC).

These are meetings where a multidisciplinary team (different kinds of doctors) of breast cancer experts meet to discuss the best treatment options. 

Where is the breast DAP located?

This service works out of the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre, which is located at the Freeport Campus of Grand River Hospital, at 3570 King Street East, Kitchener.

How can I be referred to the breast DAP?

A physician can refer you to the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre.

Referring physicians, visit our referral page for more information and to obtain a referral form.