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POSTPONED: Lung Cancer Screening and Smoking Reduction and Cessation in the Champlain Region

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Lung Cancer Screening and Smoking Reduction and Cessation conference planned at the Renfrew Groves Park Lodge GEM Hall on Thursday, February 22, 2018 is being postponed. Please stay tuned for a new date and time to be announced.


Champlain Regional Cancer Program Presents:  Lung Cancer Screening – An Interactive Learning Event

POSTPONED: Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

(Buffet Diner and Registration will start at 5:30 pm)

Groves Park Lodge GEM Hall 470 Raglan Street North Renfrew, On. K7V 1P5

Cost: $25.00

Register online Now!

For more information contact:

or  dial: 613-798-5555 x 15811

This program has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for Mainpro+ credits.

Please share poster: Lung CME Poster2

“Lung Cancer Screening for People at High Risk” and “Smoking Cessation and Reduction in the Champlain Region”

Please note the new corrected date for Lung Cancer Screening Conference is Monday, June 26, 2017. 

 The Champlain Regional Primary Care Cancer Program presents 2 CPD programs in one evening:  “Lung Cancer Screening for People at High Risk” and “Smoking Cessation and Reduction in the Champlain Region”



Dr. Donna Maziak, Thoracic Surgeon, Clinical Lead for Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk

Chantal Bornais, Nurse Navigator Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk

Jo-Anne Gagnier, RN. BSCN., Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

Gillian Pritchard, MPH., MyQuit

Register online Now!

Please share event poster with your colleagues: Lung CME Poster 

For more information contact Julie de Loë at 613-798-5555 x 15811 or

Changes Ease the Difficult Journey for Lung Cancer Patients

Teams of cancer-care clinicians at The Ottawa Hospital have worked tirelessly in recent months to cut wait times for lung cancer diagnoses from as long as three months to two weeks – a move that not only helps reduce the stress on patients, but also can mean the difference between life and death given that lung cancer spreads so aggressively.

Lung cancer doctors at the The Ottawa Hospital

Dr. Michael Fung-Kee-Fung (back left) is leading the cancer-care program redesign, with the help of Drs. James Villeneuve (front left), Paul Wheatley-Price (front right) and Jason Pantarotto, aiming not only to serve patients better, but also to make better use of staff’s time, energy and efforts.

“The disease could get worse while our patients wait for care,” said Dr. James Villeneuve, a thoracic surgeon. “They are waiting too long and that’s unacceptable,” added Dr. Jason Pantarotto, Chief of Radiation Oncology.

Their effort is the first step in an ambitious plan to reorganize The Ottawa Hospital’s entire cancer-care program, making it less fragmented and more responsive to patients’ needs.

“We want to redesign the delivery of care around the patient to improve their outcomes and their experience,” said Dr. Michael Fung-Kee-Fung, Head of Surgical Oncology, who is leading the redesign. “This involves reorganizing all the health-care providers around the patient’s journey. Their common focus is to implement innovative practices, new therapies and new ideas for delivering care in more efficient and effective ways.”

Currently, every patient with suspicious changes in lung tissue must go through multiple tests to get a diagnosis. Each step – scan, biopsy and lab tests – has its own waiting list and maze of paperwork. By the time patients finally get a diagnosis and an appointment with a surgeon or oncologist, their treatment options are often limited.

Dr. Fung-Kee-Fung’s redesign team, along with dozens of managers and cancer-care colleagues, have tackled the long waits by mapping out every step in the long, roundabout route to diagnosis. They set aggressive turnaround times at every stage, while stamping out inefficiencies. The result is a simpler way to handle lung assessments that ensures that patients’ files are handed from clinic to diagnostics to the most appropriate specialist as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Reprinted with permission from The Ottawa Hospital