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Disease Pathway Management Program

The Disease Pathway Management Program promotes a disease site approach to cancer care. This approach looks across the entire cancer continuum for a given disease site – from prevention to recovery and end-of-life care – rather than at specific points of care. Our work helps set priorities, plan services and improve the quality of cancer care across Ontario.



  • Work with Ontario’s experts to create and maintain pathway maps that depict the evidence-based care a typical cancer patient should receive
  • Assess current practice and work with partners to promote care that aligns with best practice pathway maps
  • Maintain disease- specific advisory function through the cancer advisory committee structure


Program Initiatives

  • Engage multidisciplinary teams from across Ontario to develop Pathway Maps that depict evidence-based best practices for specific cancers
  • Transform pathway maps into an interactive web-based tool
  • Measure whether care follows the pathway maps, and understand the reason when care does not follow pathway maps


Get Involved

The work of the Disease Pathway Management Program relies on the contribution of Ontario’s clinical experts. Provincial clinical leadership roles – Ontario cancer leads – exist for 9 cancer groupings:

  • Breast
  • Central nervous system
  • Head and neck
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Gynecologic
  • Hematologic
  • Thoracic
  • Skin


Ontario cancer leads serve fixed, multi-year terms. They provide disease-specific expert input into Cancer Care Ontario’s programs and initiatives. This helps identify and address disease-specific system planning and quality issues.


To see if there are openings, visit Cancer Care Ontario’s Careers website.


Clinicians are also called upon to participate in cancer advisory committees, and in the pathway map development process as working group members or external reviewers.


Email Program

If you have any questions or comments, email the Disease Pathway Management Program.