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Nurses
 

As a registered nurse your role in the ColonCancerCheck program includes:

  • Patient support: Supporting the increase of screening through the program by offering advice and counsel to patients.
  • Talk about it: Providing information about the importance of screening for colorectal cancer. 
  • Distribution: Informing patients about where kits can be obtained and how to use them. If you work in a team-based environment you may provide support to physicians in ensuring the kits are dispensed.

Both nurse practitioners and registered nurses play important roles in helping more Ontarians access screening for colorectal cancer.

Nurse Practitioners

As a nurse practitioner in a primary care setting you can play an active role in the ColonCancerCheck program by:

  • Patient support: Supporting the increase of screening through the program by offering advice and counsel to patients.
  • Testing: Dispensing the program branded FOBT kits and teaching patients how to collect samples. 
  • Talk about it: Providing important health education and conducting health promotion assessments to determine patients' health status.
  • Laboratory requisition: View or print a copy
For answers to questions about how to order additional FOBT kits, view:

Risk Assessment

Nurse practitioners in a primary care setting are the first point of access for offering screening to average risk individuals who are 50 years and older, and for identifying individuals at increased risk. Risk assessment is the first step in determining which screening method is right for each individual.

FOBT Screening

Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) screening is available for average risk individuals who are 50 years and older. Nurse practitioners in a primary care setting will play a key role in dispensing ColonCancerCheck-branded FOBT kits and teaching their patients how to collect the samples. Participants can use the kit at home and then mail it to or drop it off at a program participating laboratory. More information about FOBT is available on the ColonCancerCheck website.

Laboratories send all FOBT results to primary care providers, and also to ColonCancerCheck. ColonCancerCheck sends letters to participants about their test results – normal, abnormal, or indeterminate/rejected. More information about FOBT is available on the ColonCancerCheck website.

Colonoscopy Referral

Primary care providers refer individuals at increased risk -- i.e., those with a first degree family member (parent, child or sibling) who have had colorectal cancer -- for a colonoscopy at the age of 50 years, or 10 years earlier than the relative’s age at diagnosis, whichever comes first. Local hospitals participating in the program can provide nurse practitioners with their Colonoscopy Referral Form and instructions for using their referral process.

Last modified: Tue, Jun 09, 2015
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