The Endoscopy Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital, located in 10,000 square feet specially-designed space, provides a range of specialized diagnostic procedures for gastrointestinal disorders. It is the largest service in the region for colonoscopies.
The unit is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of seven gastroenterologists, five surgeons, nursing staff, clinical reception assistant, endoscopic cleaning technologist and administrative staff, who see 6,500 patient visits a year.
Diagnostic procedures offered include:
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
- Manometry – esophageal and rectal
- Endoscopic ultrasound
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Colon Cancer Screening
St. Joseph's Endoscopy Clinic is the designated site in London to provide high quality colonoscopies for the ColonCancerCheck screening program of Cancer Care Ontario. This state-of-the-art clinic performs more than 4,000 colonoscopies every year. Of those, more than 1,000 are done as part of the ColonCancerCheck Screening program.
ColonCancerCheck is a province-wide screening program. It recommends that all Ontarians aged 50 and over be screened for colorectal cancer. For those at average risk for colorectal cancer, a simple at home test – the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) – once every two years is recommended.
For those at increased risk because of a family history of one or more first-degree relatives (parent, sibling or child) with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, colonoscopy is advised.
The purpose of ColonCancerCheck is to reduce deaths from colorectal cancer. When caught early, there is a 90 percent chance that people with colorectal cancer will be cured.
How to be screened at St. Joseph’s
Talk to your family doctor or nurse practitioner at your next routine health exam about colon cancer screening and the right screen for you. If you require a colonoscopy, a referral from your family physician can be made the ColonCancerCheck screening program, (fax) 519-432-0271.