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Collaborative Projects Standards and Evidence-based Series (EBS)

The Collaborative Projects produce Standards, Evidence-based Series, and Special Reports, developed by Expert Panels or Working Groups that are convened by Cancer Care Ontario . The groups work together with the Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) to gather and examine evidence on specific topics relevant to providing quality cancer care in Ontario.

The PEBC has a formal and standardized process to ensure the currency of each document (please see the PEBC Assessment & Review Protocol for more information). This process guides clinical experts to assess a document’s current status and relevance. A final status statement is added to the document when this review process is complete. The current status of each guidance document is noted beside the title and link as outlined below:

  • Documents listed as CURRENT are 3 years old or less, up-to-date, and can be used for decision making.
  • Documents listed as IN REVIEW are undergoing assessment for currency and relevance.  The DSG/GDG has determined that it is still appropriate for this document to continue to be available while this updating process unfolds.
  • Documents that are listed as “FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION PURPOSES” are documents for which no further updates are planned and whose recommendations may no longer be consistent with recent evidence.  They may be of educational, historical, clinical, or system interest.

If you have any questions regarding a document that is “In Review,” please contact the PEBC ( ) or the lead author of the document.

  • Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy versus Core-Needle Biopsy in the Primary Diagnosis of Chest Neoplasm
    25-1-1 ES: July 2010
    Status: CURRENT
  • The Initial Chest X-ray at Certain Intervals in Patients with the First Presentation of Suspected Lung Cancer
    25-1-2 ES: July 2010
    Status: CURRENT
  • Organizational Standards for Diagnostic Assessment Programs
    EBS Report: June 2007
    Status: IN REVIEW
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Screening of Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer

    August 30, 2012: The original 2007 version of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Screening of Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer has been replaced by Evidence-based Guideline 15-11 Version 2 , which is available on the PEBC Screening web page.

  • Safe Handling of Cytotoxics
    EBS Special Report: April 2007
    December 16, 2013: The original 2007 version of Safe Handling of Cytotoxics has been replaced by Evidence-based Guideline Safe Handling of Cytotoxics 16-3 , available on the PEBC Nursing web page .

  • Multidisciplinary Cancer Conference Standards
    EBS Special Report: June 2006
    Status: The MCC Standards document will permanently stand as Current from its original publication date.

For Education and Information Purposes

  • Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Healthy Weights Guideline for Public Health in Ontario
  • 23-1 EBS
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the Treatment and Prevention of Radionecrosis and Other Radiation-Induced Injuries in Cancer Patients
  • Advice Report

Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC)
McMaster University, Juravinski Site
G Wing, 2nd Floor
711 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8V 1C3

Phone: 905.527.4322 ext. 42822
Fax: 905.526.6775
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