The Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Program (PDAP) located at St. Joseph's Hospital streamlines diagnostic testing for patients suspected of having prostate cancer.
A nurse navigator and urologist will work together with each patient to ensure the patient is involved with, and understands, their care plan.
Diagnostic Assessment Programs help to ensure patients receive timely and coordinated access to high quality diagnostic services and appropriate treatment. The overall goal is to improve the patient experience and enhance a patient's quality of life during this phase of the medical journey.
- Patient Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Contact and Directions (including printable map for patients)
- Referral package (for Physicians)
This program is in collaboration with the South West Regional Cancer Program.
The referral form can be completed electronically, but it must then be printed and faxed to 519 646-6217.
download PDAP referral package (includes referral form, patient information sheet and map)
- Once the prostate DAP receives a referral from your family doctor, a nurse will call you with a date and time for your appointment, usually within two weeks.
- Before your appointment, you will need a repeat prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. We will provide the paperwork.
- You will need to bring a list of all medications and herbals/vitamins that you are taking to this appointment.
What can I expect during my visit?
- You will be assessed by our prostate team.
- Coordination of tests and appointments.
- Provision of information and answering questions.
- There are various management options available for men with prostate cancer that will be discussed with you.
- If necessary, you may be referred to other health care providers such as a urologist that specializes in cancer surgery, a radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, spiritual care provider, or social worker to help support you in your -decisionmaking process.
- There will be resources and education sessions available to help you make decisions about your treatment.
- The prostate DAP team will discuss the next steps in your treatment plan and arrange for follow-up care.