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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program

Our Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program focuses on the screening and diagnostic components of cancer care. Through this program we work to strengthen the quality of pathology and laboratory medicine services across Ontario. Treatment plans and care for individual patients depend on having accurate and timely pathology and laboratory findings.

The vision: To have a system in place across the province that allows pathology and laboratory medicine providers and professionals to effectively and efficiently perform analyses of samples. This will:

  • allow patients to be diagnosed or have cancer ruled out accurately and quickly
  • ensure that the right treatments are selected for their specific cancer
  • allow necessary monitoring of the effectiveness of the treatment



Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program (PLMP) committee

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program Committee was established in 2007 to advance the mission and vision of CCO by contributing to the development and implementation of the Program's annual provincial work plan. Members are responsible for promoting the work plan within their region, and bringing region-specific input to the provincial table. The Committee advises CCO on key issues relating to pathology and laboratory medicine programs funded by or relating to the mandate of CCO.

PLMP Committee Members
LHIN Regional Lead
1: Erie St. Clair Dr. Mohammad Alomari, Windsor Regional Hospital
2: South West Dr. David Driman, London Health Sciences Centre
3: Waterloo Wellington Dr. Dimitrios Divaris, Grand River Hospital
4: Hamilton Niagara Dr. Vina Alexopoulou, Hamilton Health Sciences & St. Joseph’s Healthcare
5: Central West
6: Mississauga Halton
Dr. John Srigley, Trillium Health Partners Credit Valley Hospital
7N: Toronto Central North Dr. Nadia Ismiil, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
7S: Toronto Central South Dr. Runjan Chetty, University Health Network
8: Central Dr. Shaheda Handy, Southlake Regional Health Centre
9: Central East Dr. Jeff Tanguay, Lakeridge Health Oshawa
10: South East Dr. Sandy Boag, Queens University
11: Champlain Dr. Diponkar Banerjee, The Ottawa Hospital
12: North Simcoe Muskoka
Dr. Russell Price, Royal Victoria Hospital
13: North EastDr. Michel Bonin, Health Sciences North
14: North WestDr. Meagan Kennedy, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre


Stage Capture

Cancer stage refers to the extent of a cancer patient's disease.  Cancer Care Ontario now captures stage data directly from patient records at regional cancer centres and community hospitals throughout Ontario.

Find out more about Stage Capture

Synoptic Pathology Reporting 

From 2008 to 2012, we embarked on a multi-year initiative with Ontario hospitals and pathologists to standardize pathology reporting across the province.

The aim: To improve the quality of cancer pathology by standardizing the content, format and electronic transmission of pathology reports to the Ontario Cancer Registry.

The method: Implementation of the pan-Canadian endorsed College of American Pathologists (CAP) cancer protocol standard, and the North American Association of Centralized Cancer Registries (NAACCR) format standards.

The result: With province-wide quality standards for cancer-related pathology reporting now in place, these high-quality, complete cancer pathology reports are better able to guide cancer diagnosis and help physicians and their patients make decisions about treatment. This helps improve both patient outcomes and quality of care.

The information in the synoptic pathology report can also help clinicians and system managers assess quality of surgical care.

Find out more about Synoptic Pathology Reporting

Last modified: Fri, Feb 05, 2016
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