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Cancer Care Program Committee

What's New

New tool guides follow-up care after breast cancer


Your first appointment of the day is with a 66-year-old woman who recently completed treatment for breast cancer including lumpectomy, chemotherapy, trastuzumab, and radiation. She’s now on an aromatase inhibitor. She is seeing you for follow-up and asks what tests need to be done. To determine your next steps, you wonder where to look for guidelines …

Welcome to the Breast Cancer Survivorship (BCS) Tool!

Developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Cancer Care Committee through an extensive literature review, the BCS Tool consolidates fragmented care guidelines in one national, evidence-based document.

The BCS Tool was designed to educate family physicians and empower their patients who have completed curative therapy for breast cancer to follow their own care.

The user-friendly BCS Tool has four simple steps: 1. Know your patient; 2. Cancer surveillance; 3. Management of long-term side effects of treatment; and 4. Health promotion.

Available online, the BCS Tool can be used as a fillable PDF or printed for hard-copy use to ensure patients get the survivorship care they need after being treated for breast cancer.

Who we are

Mission Statement

The Cancer Care Committee is a national community of practice for family physicians with a strong interest in cancer care.

The Committee:

  • Supports physicians and the patients they serve by facilitating education and networking
  • Serves as a bridge between primary care and specialist cancer care communities
  • Advocates for the central role of family physicians and primary care throughout the patient’s cancer journey

Responsibility of the Communities of Practice in Family Medicine (CPFM) programs

To carry out discussions and make recommendations to the CPFM Council with respect to the following areas of the College’s activity:

  • Communications and networking among members involved in cancer care
  • Development of CFPC policies and/or positions related to patient care and the practice needs/environment of members involved in cancer care
  • Advocacy on behalf of the members involved in the Cancer Care
  • Identification of areas in need of accredited continuing medical education (CME)/continuing professional development (CPD) programs, related to Cancer Care

The Cancer Care Program Committee was established under the Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine (CPFM) in 2014.

The Cancer Care committee will add its terms of reference to this website when approved.

Chair

Dr. Ed Kucharski, Ontario

Members

Dr. Gen Chaput, Quebec

Dr. Mary Decarolis, Ontario continuing professional development (CPD) expert

Dr. Henry Docherty, Alberta/British Columbia

Dr. Tunji Fatoye, Manitoba/Saskatchewan

Dr. Lori Ann Hayward, Ontario representative of the Canadian Association of General Practitioners in Oncology (CAGPO)

Dr. Amber Swan, Atlantic provinces

Dr. Anna Nathalie Wilkinson, Ontario

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) staff

Dr. Allan Grill, Physician Advisor, MIGS

Supported by the Programs and Practice Support Department

Resources

Literature search archives

Literature search results, May 2017

Literature search results, April 2017

Literature search results archive, 2015 - 2016

Literature search results, 2010 - 2015

Committee newsletters

December 2016

August 2016

Canadian Family Physician (CFP) articles of Interest

August 2018

General practitioners in oncology: their valuable role throughout the cancer care trajectory

June 2018

The survivorship care plan: a valuable tool for primary care providers?

June 2015

Survivorship care in breast cancer: Perceptions of patients and primary care physicians (Sally L. Smith et al, CFP, June 2015, 61 (6) e277-e283)

January 2015

Systematic review of clinical features of suspected prostate cancer in primary care (Sheila-Mae Young et al, CFP, January 2015, 61 (1) e26-e35)

Physicians’ perspectives on cancer survivors’ work integration issues (Tricia Morrison et al, CFP, January 2015, 61 (1) e36-e42)

Guideline for referral of patients with suspected prostate cancer by family physicians and other primary care providers (Sheila-Mae Young et al, CFP, January 2015, 61 (1) 33-39)

December 2014

Pharmacologic management of adult breakthrough cancer pain (Bruce Doulton, CFP, December 2014, 60 (12) 1111-1114)

August 2014

Systematic review of clinical features of suspected colorectal cancer in primary care (M. Elisabeth Del Giudice et al, CFP, August 2014, 60 (8) e405-e415)

Guideline for referral of patients with suspected lung cancer by family physicians and other primary care providers (M. Elisabeth Del Giudice et al, CFP, August 2014, 60 (8) 711-716)

Guideline for referral of patients with suspected colorectal cancer by family physicians and other primary care providers (M. Elisabeth Del Giudice et al, CFP, August 2014, 60 (8) 717-723)

December 2013

Treatment options for localized prostate cancer (Mira Keyes et al, CFP, December 2013, 59 (12) 1269-1274)

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Family Practice Oncology Network and University of British Columbia Webcasts

South Lake Cancer Centre electronic medical record (EMR) survivorship care plans

Screening

BC Cancer

Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario (archived website)

Prevention

BC Cancer

Cancer Care Ontario

Diagnosis

Cancer Care Ontario (archived website)

Treatment

Cancer Care Ontario

National Cancer Institute

BC Cancer

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

UpToDate: Wolters Kluwer Health’s evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource

American Society of Clinical Oncology

BC Family Practice Oncology Network: includes webinars for the family practitioner, general practitioner in medical oncology (GPO)/family practice oncology (FPO)

OncologyEducation: webinars on relevant oncology topics, as well as updates from the large oncology conferences

Survivorship

BC Cancer

Cancer Care Ontario

American Society of Clinical Oncology

End of life care

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario (archived website)

Disease Pathway Management Program: Evidence-based best practices for management of patients in Ontario during a specific phase of the cancer journey; developed using an iterative and multidisciplinary process with input from leading experts. Pathway maps exist for several cancer groupings.

Resources for primary care providers

Alberta College of Family Physicians Tools for Practice

Journal of Family Practice Oncology, BC Cancer Agency Care + Research (Spring 2015)

Best Advice Guide: Communities of Practice in the Patient’s Medical Home

Canadian Medical Association Clinical Practice Guidelines: The management of depression in cancer patients (May 2015)

Cancer Care Ontario Pathway Maps

BC College of Family Physicians and Family Practice Oncology Network continuing medical education webcasts

Cancer Care Ontario clinical services: resources for primary care providers, including Diagnostic Assessment and Disease Pathway Management Programs

BC Cancer practical cancer care guidelines and protocols for family physicians

McGill’s "Oncology for the Practicing Physician” online course

Contact the Cancer Care Committee

For more information, contact the Committee

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