Advisory: Give yourself extra time when travelling by car to Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, or Toronto Rehab University Centre. City of Toronto construction on University Ave. may cause delays.
At UHN, we strive to deliver Compassionate Care & Caring. Learn more about the services and supports that are available to you throughout your journey.
Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
At the heart of everything we do at UHN are our Healthcare Professionals. Refer a patient to one of our 12 medical programs. Learn more about the resources and opportunities available for professional growth.
University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international
source for discovery, education and patient care.
Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community
and help others. At UHN, we welcome your contribution and offer different ways you can help so you can find one that suits you.
The Newsroom is the source for media looking for information about UHN or trying to connect with one
of our experts for an interview. It's also the place to find UHN media policies and catch up on our news stories, videos, media releases,
podcasts and more.
The PMH Breast Cancer Rapid Diagnosis initiative is set to expand, thanks to a $12.5-million donation from Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight, which supports the program's $25-million expansion campaign.
The goal? Once complete, the Rapid Diagnosis initiative will be able to provide tests, diagnosis, and a treatment plan for patients in a single day (who must first be referred to PMH by their family physician). In other words, patients will be able to have a physical exam, mammogram, ultrasound, and, if needed, tissue biopsy, and receive the results that same day. If the diagnosis is positive, a treatment plan will be made and given to the patient, who can then be referred to a breast surgeon, either at PMH or closer to home, depending where they live.
Currently, there's an average wait of five to eight weeks between diagnostic tests, results, and treatment plans for patients with suspected breast lesions, and that wait is, not surprisingly, a major stress factor for patients. Rapid diagnostics changes all that.
The pilot program—led by Dr. David McCready, Surgical Oncologist and Head, Breast Cancer Program, PMH—began in 2006 and currently sees six to eight patients a week. With the new funding, it will expand to 15 patients per week, or 750 per year, over the next few months, eventually reaching a target of 3,000 patients per year by 2013, when the program is expected to be at full capacity.
"This extremely generous gift allows PMH to evolve its current clinical program on breast cancer diagnosis into a fully functioning Rapid Diagnostic Centre," said Dr. McCready in a statement. "Thanks to Emmanuelle Gattuso and Allan Slaight, we will be able to provide a new model of diagnosis for Toronto-area women and men."
Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, Medical Director, PMH Cancer Program, says that this initiative "fits in perfectly with PMH's goal to transform patient care, working with our hospital partners in the community."