Dr. Davis’ Tips for Cancer Screening in Primary Care

This blog is by Dr. Meghan Davis, Regional Primary Care Lead and Mobile Cancer Screening Coach Lead for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program. Dr. Davis is also a Family Physician in east-end Hamilton. Primary Care Providers will find relevant information about topics that matter to their practice and  patients. Scroll to the bottom of this page to subscribe. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Davis directly at dr.meghan.davis@gmail.com.

Referring to Cancer Genetics Clinic

Family history is the most consistent risk factor for nearly early disease (1) As a family physician, taking a thorough family history is an important part of my care. Approximately 20% of women with breast cancer have a positive family history and this is one of the most common reasons for referral to a cancer […]
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FIT Resumption

As of October 20th, 2020, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) has recommended that primary care resume screening with FIT for ALL eligible people. As a reminder here are some key things for FIT testing: *FIT is for non-high risk patients age 50-74. *High risk patients (+ FH colorectal cancer or a personal history of previous high […]
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Cancer Screening Resumption COVID-19 - FIT Testing Restart

As of August 25, 2020, LifeLabs will start accepting new fecal immunochemical test (FIT) requisitions for groups at higher risk of colorectal cancer: Average risk people over age 60 who have never been screened for colorectal cancer Average risk people with previous unsatisfactory FIT results Eligible average risk people awaiting organ transplant LifeLabs will continue […]
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Cancer Screening Resumption during COVID-19 Pandemic

Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) is now suggesting a gradual resumption of cancer screening. A key principle in their approach is balancing the benefits of organized cancer screening with the demands on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A detailed tip sheet can be found here.  Below is a brief summary of the suggestions […]
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Lung Diagnostic Assessment Program in HNHB Region

Do you have a patient that you are concerned has lung cancer? There are three sites you can refer patients to in our Region: Josephs Healthcare in Hamilton Niagara Health in St. Catharines Brant Community Healthcare System in Brantford. As of April 1st 2020, please direct referrals to the program closest to your patient’s home […]
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