Thoracic Diagnostic Assessment

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The Thoracic Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP) is an important part of the Central East Regional Cancer Program.  You may be referred to this DAP if your doctor suspects you have a lung or esophageal cancer or if you have already been diagnosed.

The DAP offers you care that is high quality, timely and close to home. We have clinics throughout the region in Peterborough, Scarborough and at the Durham Regional Cancer Centre. We also partner with the Michael Garron Hospital to allow people living in West Durham and Scarborough receive this care in their own community. The Thoracic Diagnostic Assessment Program includes a Malignant Pleural Effusion clinic that helps diagnose and treat patients who have fluid around their lungs (pleural effusion) related to a cancer diagnosis.

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How the Thoracic DAP works 

A nurse navigator will work closely with you, your surgeon and other members of your healthcare team to coordinate your care through the diagnostic process. The nurse navigator will:

  • Schedule you for the tests and appointments you need. 
  • Give you the information you need to be ready for your tests and appointments.
  • Talk to you about the next steps in your care.  For some people this may include a treatment plan.
  • Answer any questions you have.
  • Refer you to additional team members such as social worker or dietitian
  • Link you to community resources you may need.

Some of the tests you may have through the Thoracic DAP Program are:

  • PET/CT Scan
  • MRI
  • Bone Scan

Treatment for lung and esophageal cancers may include surgery, systemic therapy (chemotherapy), and or radiation therapy.  These treatments are offered at Lakeridge Health through our surgical department and the Durham Regional Cancer Centre.

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