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Recommended Resources for Primary Care Providers

Primary care providers are supported in delivering cancer prevention, screening and care through guidelines and other tools developed by Cancer Care Ontario.

Cancer Screening

Find cancer screening clinical decision support tools for primary care providers. Includes tools for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers.  

Screening Resources for Healthcare Providers

Referral of Suspected Cancer

These guidelines provide primary care providers with cancer diagnostic referral recommendations.

Disease Pathway Management

The pathway maps are tools used to improve quality, access, appropriateness and coordination of care across all stages of the patient experience.

Symptom Management

Symptom management tools help primary care providers assess and appropriately manage a patient’s cancer-related symptoms. Guides are available for healthcare professionals and patients.

Follow-Up Care for Cancer Survivors

The follow-up guidelines support primary care providers in their care of people recovering from cancer. They include a schedule of diagnostic tests.

Palliative Care Tools 

Find best-practice palliative care tools for primary care providers, from the Ontario Palliative Care Network.

Diagnostic Assessment Referral Forms

Diagnostic Assessment programs manage and coordinate diagnostic care. Download and use the referral forms to refer patients to Diagnostic Assessment Programs in Ontario.

Diagnostic Assessment Program Locations

Find Diagnostic Assessment Program location information across Ontario for lung, colorectal and prostate cancer.

Cancer Screening Correspondence

Cancer Care Ontario sends letters to Ontarians inviting them to get screened, informing them of their test results, letting them know if they need to get more tests done and reminding them when it is time to get screened again.

Cancer Screening Physician-Linked Correspondence

Cancer Care Ontario offers physician-linked correspondence, which includes physicians’ names in their patients’ cancer screening letters.

My CancerIQ

My CancerIQ is a website designed by Cancer Care Ontario that helps Ontarians understand their cancer risk and what they can do to help lower that risk.

Cancer Screening Information

Fact sheets, brochures and other screening information is available to share with patients and their families.

Symptom Management Guides and Chemotherapy Side Effect Sheets

The symptom management guides and chemotherapy side effect sheets are for patients and their families. They outline steps to prevent and reduce symptoms and side effects from cancer or treatments, including chemotherapy. 

Canadian Virtual Hospice

This information and resources website serves professionals, and people with cancer and their families. Cancer Care Ontario symptom management materials are also available on the site.

Continuing Professional Development (Mainpro cancer screening courses)

Healthcare professionals can advance their education through Cancer Care Ontario’s E-Learning website.

News and Updates

Cancer Care Ontario brings healthcare professionals the latest cancer screening news for primary care through e-bulletins.

Quality Improvement Toolkits

The quality improvement toolkits help family health teams plan, implement, monitor and report on quality improvements.

Primary Care Reporting

The Screening Activity Report provides patient enrolment model primary care physicians with a tool for improving their cancer screening rates for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.