Lung Cancer Pathway Map provides a flow chart of an evidence-based high level overview of the care lung cancer patients should receive in Ontario.
Many patients, both with and without lung cancer, will present with signs or symptoms that may raise the suspicion of cancer. The following guideline may help you determine when to refer a patient for further investigation.
Diagnostic Assessment Programs (DAPs)
Diagnostic Assessment Programs (DAPs), also known as Diagnostic Assessment Units (DAUs) and Rapid Diagnostic Units (RDUs), focus on providing a rapid assessment and diagnosis for patients with suspicious symptoms or abnormalities. Patients receive a comprehensive assessment, examination and care plan. Please refer to the following document for recommended entry and transfer of care criteria for Lung Diagnostic Assessment Programs (DAPs) in Ontario:
Several different hospitals in Toronto provide diagnostic services for lung abnormalities. Check the list below for details on the services available at each hospital.
- Michael Garron Hospital (Toronto East Health Network)
- Odette Cancer Centre (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)
- Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (University Health Network)
- St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Unity Health)