Organizational guidance for the care of patients with head-and-neck cancer in Ontario

  • J. Irish Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto
  • J. Kim Head and Neck Cancers, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network,  University of Toronto
  • J. Waldron Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network,University of Toronto,
  • A.C. Wei Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • E. Winquist London Health Sciences Centre, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University
  • J. Yoo London Health Sciences Centre, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University
  • A. Boasie Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network
  • M. Brouwers University of Ottawa
  • E. Meertens Cancer Planning and Regional Program Development, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario)
  • S. McNair Program in Evidence-Based Care, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), McMaster University
  • C. Walker-Dilks Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), McMaster University
Keywords: Cancer Care Ontario, Head and Neck Cancer, Organizational Guidelines

Abstract

Background At the request of the Head and Neck Cancers Advisory Committee of Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), a working group and expert panel of clinicians with expertise in the management of head-and-neck cancer developed the present guideline. The purpose of the guideline is to provide advice about the organization and delivery of health care services for adult patients with head-and-neck cancer.

Methods This document updates the recommendations published in the Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) 2009 organizational guideline The Management of Head and Neck Cancer in Ontario. The guideline development methods included an updated literature search, internal review by content and methodology experts, and external review by relevant health care providers and potential users.

Results To ensure that all patients have access to the highest standard of care available in Ontario, the guideline establishes the minimum requirements to maintain a head-and-neck disease site program. Recommendations are made about the membership of core and extended provider teams, minimum skill sets and experience of practitioners, cancer centre–specific and practitioner-specific volumes, multidisciplinary care requirements, and unique infrastructure demands.

Conclusions The recommendations contained in this document offer guidance for clinicians and institutions providing care for patients with head-and-neck cancer in Ontario, and for policymakers and other stakeholders involved in the delivery of health care services for head-and-neck cancer.

 

 

Author Biographies

J. Irish, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto

Surgical Oncology, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery/
Surgical Oncology

J. Kim, Head and Neck Cancers, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network,  University of Toronto

Radiation Medicine Program

J. Waldron, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network,University of Toronto,

Radiation Medicine Program

E. Winquist, London Health Sciences Centre, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

Department of Oncology, Division of Medical Oncology

J. Yoo, London Health Sciences Centre, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck, Surgery and Oncology

M. Brouwers, University of Ottawa

School of Epidemiology and Public Health

C. Walker-Dilks, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), McMaster University

Program in Evidence-Based Care

Published
2019-11-18
How to Cite
Irish, J., Kim, J., Waldron, J., Wei, A., Winquist, E., Yoo, J., Boasie, A., Brouwers, M., Meertens, E., McNair, S., & Walker-Dilks, C. (2019). Organizational guidance for the care of patients with head-and-neck cancer in Ontario. Current Oncology, 27(2). Retrieved from https://current-oncology.com/index.php/oncology/article/view/5873
Section
Practice Guideline