Diagnostic Assessment Programs – Lung

Testing for lung cancer can be a complex process involving several steps. The Lung Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP) at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is a program designed to streamline tests for people with an identified suspicion of lung cancer, and reach a definitive cancer or non-cancer diagnosis faster.

It is important to note that a referral to the Lung DAP does not necessarily mean that individual has lung cancer.

Patients are referred by their health care provider (family physician, nurse practitioner, etc.), a specialist, or other health care provider to Dr. Gehman, a thoracic (lung) surgeon at our Hospital. The Lung DAP team then plans all tests and makes appointments based on each patient’s priority level to ensure timely diagnosis and continuous care. All appointments and consultations are booked through Dr. Gehman’s office.

The Lung DAP is also designed to help support patients and their families throughout testing. A patient navigator provides information to patients about their tests, and is available to answer any questions they may have. To see the Lung DAP Pathway, please click here.

Who is on the Lung DAP team?

The Lung DAP team includes a thoracic surgeon (Dr. Gehman), radiologists, pathologists, a Patient Navigator, technologists, and administrative staff.

Where is the Lung DAP located?

The Lung DAP is coordinated through both the Health Sciences Centre and Dr. Gehman’s office, and is available to patients in Thunder Bay and throughout Northwestern Ontario.

Patients who are referred to the Lung DAP will be scheduled for a consultation appointment with Dr. Gehman. Lung diagnostic tests are done at the Health Sciences Centre. When regional patients travel to Thunder Bay for lung diagnostic tests, accommodations at the Tbaytel Tamarack House are available.