Launched last September, the Rapid Diagnostic Breast Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital provides women with answers in one day, instead of weeks or months.
Women who are referred to the clinic can have a physical exam, a mammogram, an ultrasound, even a tissue biopsy — and get the results from a surgeon, all on the same day.
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It arose from a real clinical need, says Dr. David McCready, a surgical oncologist at Princess Margaret, who spearheaded the novel program, which the hospital claims is unique in Canada.
“It would very often take many weeks, if not months, for some women to be diagnosed once (a breast tissue) abnormality was discovered, whether they felt it or it was found in screening or by a family physician,” he says.