September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Program (PDAP) located at St. Joseph's Hospital has been keeping busy helping those with suspected prostate cancer.
PDAP is coming up quickly on their one-year anniversary and in that time, more than 200 new patients from London-Middlesex have been referred, 80 of whom were sent for further diagnostic testing and follow-up.
“Our team is dedicated to ensuring patients receive timely and coordinated access to high quality diagnostic services as they work with each patient to ensure consistency and understanding with their care plans,” Dr. Stephen Pautler, urologist.
The introduction of the PDAP has consolidated all diagnostic prostate biopsy procedures to St. Joseph's Hospital and offers a single point of access for suspect prostate cancer assessment for men in London-Middlesex. With St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre joining forces, the timeliness, quality, and experience of men facing the initial diagnostics stages of their prostate cancer journey has improved.
The program boasts several enhancements including a single point of access for patient referral making it easier for referring doctors and patients entering the program. And, each patient is connected with a nurse navigator who will coordinate testing and support the patient through the diagnostic phase.