Surgical Oncology News

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Stunning conclusion to $25-million campaign for one-day breast cancer diagnosis at PMH

Author: University Health Network
Feb 15, 2012

The $25 million campaign to create and establish The Gattuso Rapid Diagnostic Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital concluded with an exclamation point when the final $1.4 million required was donated by Allan, Gary and Donna Slaight as a Christmas gift to Emmanuelle Gattuso, Allan's wife.

In 2006, [SSO member] Dr. David McCready, a surgical oncologist and head of the breast cancer program at The Princess Margaret, initiated a pilot program of rapid diagnosis that would substantially reduce wait-times and the stress involved for patients for whom breast cancer was suspected. Between diagnostic tests, results and a treatment plan, patients were typically waiting from five to eight weeks for their diagnosis.

Dr. McCready's pilot program reduced the wait to one day. Now, patients referred by their family physician receive a physical exam, mammogram, ultrasound and tissue biopsy (if needed), and then receive the results. If the patient has a diagnosis of breast cancer, a treatment plan is devised and given to the patient and referral can then be made to breast surgeons, either at The Princess Margaret or closer to their homes.

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