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Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology is the branch of surgery that focuses on surgical management of malignancies, and is part of a multidisciplinary treatment approach. There are several different types of cancer surgery patients may undergo. Which approach is used depends on many factors such as the type of cancer each patient has, the complexity of disease, and individual choice.

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is working to improve delivery of surgical care through a variety of initiatives, ranging from finding ways to reduce wait times, to working to recruit and retain cancer surgeons. Cancer Care Ontario is a partner in the Ontario government’s Wait Time Strategy, which is designed to reduce wait times starting with five procedures including cancer surgery. The Wait Time Strategy also developed Ontario’s first-ever system – the Wait Time Information System – to track, measure, manage and publicly report surgical wait times for cancer and other surgeries. The Wait Time Information System is operated by Cancer Care Ontario.

CCO fosters quality improvement in cancer surgery by developing evidence-based guidelines and standards, and measuring and providing feedback on performance indicators. We also advance research and innovation in surgical oncology that will generate improvements in cancer treatment and patients’ prognosis.

Last modified: Tue, Nov 24, 2009
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