February 9, 2015 (Brockville, Ontario) – Brockville General Hospital is number one in Ontario in the post-surgery report turnaround time relating to colorectal cancer, an achievement lauded by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO).
Every year, CCO analyzes pathology post-surgical report times, which is the length of time between the collection of a specimen during surgery and the reporting of results that enable treatment decisions. Hospitals are expected to report results for 90 per cent of surgical specimens within 14 days of collection, a benchmark set by Cancer Care Ontario.
“Pathology can be a complex and multi-step process,” says Dr. Naguib Yassa, the sole Pathologist at Brockville General Hospital. “From the time tissue is retrieved to analysis to the transcription of results, a delay at any stage can affect treatment and outcomes.”
Dr. Yassa credits Brockville General Hospital’s success to a talented team, good communication amongst staff, and a culture of patient-centred quality improvement.
“We try to help our staff really understand how their work impacts patients. It’s essential for us to see our role beyond the lab, as important members of the care team,” says Dr. Yassa.
In 2013, an estimated 8,700 Ontarians were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and approximately 3,350 Ontarians died from it. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men and the third leading cause of death from cancer in women in Canada.
In the same 2013-14 report, Kingston General Hospital came in as the most improved in Ontario for the measure, with Kingston General Hospital, Brockville General Hospital and Quinte Healthcare Corporation all meeting turnaround time targets set by the province.
“It’s great that many of the hospitals in our region are being recognized for meeting and exceeding benchmarks set by the province,” says Brenda Carter, Regional Vice-President of the South East Regional Cancer Program (SERCP), a program that oversees the delivery and quality of cancer services in Southeastern Ontario, including Brockville, Kingston, Belleville and Smiths Falls.
“We are committed to providing patients with seamless, high-quality, patient- and family-centred cancer care, and this proves that we’re well on track. Brockville General Hospital’s performance is an impressive example of excellence that we can all learn from.”
Brockville General Hospital performed more than 2100 colonoscopies in 2013-2014
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month (www.coloncancercanada.ca)
It is estimated that in 2014:
24,400 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. This represents 13% of all new cancer cases in 2014
9,300 Canadians will die from colorectal cancer. This represents 12% of all cancer deaths in 2014
13,500 men will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 5,100 will die from it
10,800 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 4,200 will die from it
On average, 67 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer every day
On average, 26 Canadians will die from colorectal cancer every day