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Princess Margaret surgical oncologists have taken an active role in the development of the cancer surgery organization for the Province of Ontario. This leadership has addressed improving access to quality care, the development of organizational standards for regionalization of highly complex cancer surgeries, and predicting and planning of surgical oncology resources for the future. The work we’ve done includes:
In December 2008, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) released The Cancer Surgery Atlas. The report aims to inform regional, population-based planning and to support policy-making for cancer surgery services. Five cancer sites are addressed: breast, colorectal, lung, prostate and gynecologic. CCO is working to ensure the data are used effectively to improve quality and access in the system.
Organizational standards have been developed to regionalize highly complex cancer surgeries to highly specialized multidisciplinary centres and to encourage multidisciplinary consultation and conferencing:
Princess Margaret surgical oncologists have been instrumental in providing leadership in practice guidelines in breast, prostate and colorectal cancer surgery: