Diagnostic Assessment Programs (DAPs) at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre can be thought of as a “one-stop shop” for people who are having tests for a particular type of cancer. They provide a single point of referral for physicians, making it faster and easier for them to refer their patients for testing if there is a suspicion of cancer. The DAPs also provide a single point of contact for patients and their families during this time, improving their quality of care.

It is important to note that a referral to a Diagnostic Assessment Program does not necessarily mean that an individual has cancer.

DAPs are multidisciplinary teams of healthcare providers who manage and coordinate the entire process from testing to reaching a definitive diagnosis. This approach is designed to shorten the time from suspicion to diagnosis (testing wait time). DAPs are patient-centred, providing support and information for patients and their families during what may be stressful period in their lives.

There are several DAPs offered at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre including:

  • Linda Buchan Breast Screening and Assessment Centre
  • Colorectal (Direct Referral Colorectal Screening Program) DAP
  • Lung DAP

Diagnostic Assessment:

  • A Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP) offers patients a "one-stop shop" for cancer diagnosis. There are DAPs developed for several types of cancer to streamline the testing process.
  • The Diagnostic Assessment Program supports patients and their families throughout testing.
  • Patient Navigators work with patients to improve coordination of care.
  • DAPs are streamlined pathways for patients to test for cancer.
  • The DAP aims is to reduce wait times, and to ease stress and anxiety during testing for patients and their families.
  • A referral to a DAP does not necessarily mean a patient has cancer.
  • Definition: Diagnosis – identification of an illness or other problem by the examination of the symptoms
  • Testing can include doctor’s appointments, tests such as a CT scan or a colonoscopy, and biopsies, among other procedures.