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Disease Pathway Management

Disease Pathway Management is a unifying approach to the way priorities are set for cancer control, planning of cancer services and improvement of the quality of care in Ontario.


Developed in 2008, Disease Pathway Management applies a framework for examining the performance of the entire system across the cancer journey – from prevention to recovery and end-of-life care.

  • To identify areas for improvement in the quality of care, processes and the patient experience 

  • To develop and disseminate operational tools to facilitate improvement in those areas

Disease Pathway Management uses a disease-specific approach and focuses on one type of cancer at a time, with the understanding that the patient journey differs from one cancer to another.


Cancer Pathways:

The Pathways provide an overview of the evidence-based best practices for the management of patients in Ontario during a specific phase of the cancer journey.  The Pathways were developed according to an iterative and multidisciplinary process which emphasizes evidence-based medicine and incorporates input from leading experts.


Colorectal Cancer Pathways

Colorectal Cancer Pathways include the following:

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening

  • Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

  • Colon Cancer Treatment

  • Rectal Cancer Treatment

  • Colorectal Cancer Follow-Up Care

Click here to access the updated Colorectal Cancer Pathways

Lung Cancer Pathways

Lung Cancer Pathways include the following: 

  • Lung Cancer Diagnosis

  • Lung Cancer Treatment

Click here to access the updated Lung Cancer Pathways


Prostate Cancer Pathways

Prostate Cancer Pathways include the following:

  • Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

  • Prostate Cancer Treatment

Click here to access the updated Prostate Cancer Pathways



Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Pathways
Click here to access the updated Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Pathway


Patient Friendly versions are available for the following pathways:

  • Lung Cancer

  • Colorectal Cancer

Click here to access the updated patient friendly version of pathways



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