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 our Hospital, including:

  • Breast assessment offered through the Linda Buchan Centre for Breast Screening and Assessment
  • 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.
  • Testing can include doctor’s appointments, tests such as a CT scan or a colonoscopy, and biopsies, among other procedures.