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Colorectal Screening Changes on the Horizon
As of December 29th, 2017, and March 31st 2018, Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital respectively will no longer be offering the piloted Registered Nurse Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (RNFS) screening program. Primary Care referrals have contributed significantly to the program’s success over the last 7 years.
We would like to thank you for your support. If you had patients in the RNFS program, you will receive direction for the next steps for your patients and how to transition them to screening programs. The Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program is working with Cancer Care Ontario in supporting patients transitioning to an alternative colorectal cancer screening test.
In the future, the ColonCancerCheck program will be introducing a new, simple, at-home fecal-based average risk screening test, the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). The FIT will replace the current Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT). We will share information with you about the rollout of FIT in Ontario as it becomes available – stay tuned.
Although patients are considered up to date for screening for 10 years after having a normal flexible sigmoidoscopy, those who would like to change their screening modality can consider average risk screening (gFOBT or FIT, as available) after 5 years. Guidelines and resources for appropriate screening are available here.
Please contact Barbara-Anne Maier, Manager, Regional Programs at 519-749-4370 ext 6874 if you have any questions or concerns. For general questions regarding the ColonCancerCheck program, you can also contact Cancer Care Ontario at screenforlife@cancercare.on.ca or toll-free at 1-866-662-9233.
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