St. Michael’s Hospital: Older Adults Surgery and Oncology Program (OSOP) PRIME Initiative
St. Michael’s Hospital is overcoming surgical care gaps in older adults undergoing cancer surgery by integrating geriatric expertise into perioperative care.
The Older Adults Surgery and Oncology Program uses an innovative strategy, called PRIME, for comprehensive geriatric surgical oncology care. PRIME (Proactive, Realigned, Informed, Multidisciplinary, Empowered) integrates multifaceted elements of perioperative care adapted to the needs of older adults.
Before PRIME, management of older adults undergoing cancer surgery was reactive, and did not address the complexity of their health and surgical cancer care. This approach strategically integrates multiple stakeholders and disciplines to personalize care for older adults.
Team Members: Dr. Tyler Chesney, Dr. Marisa Louridas, Danielle Zvezdonkin, Dr. Camilla Wong
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Ottawa Hospital Research Institute: REthinking Clinical Trials (REaCT) Program
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is increasing access to clinical trials for people with cancer, and improving evidence-based care.
Current clinical trials process tends to be cumbersome and expensive, with most studies focusing on either the development of new agents or new indications for established agents. The REthinking Clinical Trials program is different because it compares established standard-of-care in each modality – surgical, medical, radiation, imaging, supportive care and palliative interventions – to provide people with evidence-based care. This results in significant cost savings to both patients and the healthcare system.
Team Members: Mark Clemons, Lisa Vandermeer, Carol Stober, Marta Sienkiewicz, Deanna Saunders, Michelle Liu, Fiona MacDonald, Gail Larocque, Brian Hutton and Kednapa Thavorn
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The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program: Establishing a “Cancer Program” in Nunavut Improving System Capacity Through Collaboration and Education
The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program, in collaboration with the Qikiqtani General Hospital and the Government of Nunavut, is building capacity in Nunavut (Qikiqtani Region) by providing better support for cancer patients and families navigating the healthcare system.
Before the program, Inuit patients from the Qikiqtani Region would travel over 3,000 kilometers to Ottawa to get cancer care. This meant being away from their community, culture, family and support system, and accompanied by only one family member or friend. The “Cancer Program” in Nunavut is enabling healthcare providers in Ottawa and Iqaluit to collaborate on initiatives to improve healthcare system navigation and provide care closer to home.
Team Members: Dr. Tim Asmis, Gwen Barton, Trista Bennett, Mackenzie Daybutch, Dr. Patty DeMaio, Dr. Francois de Wet, Danielle Dorschner, Dr. Treena Greene, Jenna Jenkins, Gabrielle Jodouin, Donna Mulvey, Jennifer Newton, Leslee Nizman, Dennis Garvin, Carolyn Roberts, Christine Weatherston
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