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Primary Care Program
Family Physicians
Updated based on new QI guidelines:
Advance Care Planning QI Toolkit

Primary care providers play a crucial role in cancer care, greatly influencing patients’ participation in cancer screening and providing care and support for patients and their families throughout the cancer journey.

The Primary Care Program strengthens the connection between family medicine and the cancer system.

Primary Care and Cancer Engagement Strategy

To strengthen the connection between family medicine and the cancer system, Cancer Care Ontario developed a Primary Care and Cancer Engagement Strategy. This clear plan of action initially focused on improving screening and detection rates within the ColonCancerCheck program and is currently expanding to breast and cervical screening.

Cancer Care Ontario has developed many guidelines and point of care tools to support primary care providers from prevention to across the cancer journey.

Provincial Primary Care and Cancer Network (PPCCN)

In each Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Regional Primary Care Leads (RPCLs) implement the Primary Care Strategy across the province. A Provincial Primary Care and Cancer Network was launched in 2008.


Bringing the voice of primary care to the cancer system and the voice of cancer to primary care

As with other provincial networks of clinical specialists, the network’s purpose is to plan provincial initiatives, share regional challenges and successes, and create a cadre of leaders responsible for improving the integration and engagement of primary care with the cancer system.

Suzanne Strasberg Provincial Primary Care Lead

Primary Care Resources

Last modified: Thu, Feb 18, 2016
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