New pilot project for colorectal cancer screening carried by registered nurses at Montfort

January 24, 2012 - Hôpital Montfort is participating in a pilot project for colorectal cancer screening by flexible sigmoidoscopy, to be carried out by registered nurses. This is in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 

“For the first time, physicians of this region will be able to recommend that their patients undergo flexible sigmoidoscopy carried out by a registered nurse, if they meet the required criteria”, said Dr. Jocelyn Deneault, a gastroenterologist at Hôpital Montfort. He went on to specify that “this procedure offers several advantages, in particular that limited preparation, no sedation is necessary and it allows the detection of 60 per cent of cancers and polyps”, he added. Ontario has posted one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the world. It is the second most frequent cause of death; the first being lung cancer. 

“Our registered nurses have taken theoretical and clinical training under the direct supervision of a gastroenterologist/surgeon until they obtained certification”, underlined Ms. Lucille Perreault, Vice-President Clinical Services. “Once they obtain their certification, registered nurses will see patients referred by physicians and nurse practitioners in their practice”, she added. Once they have been certified, registered nurses will see patients referred by physicians and nurse practitioners in their clinic. 

The eligibility criteria for this procedure are as follows: aged from 50 to 74; have no antecedents of inflammatory bowel disease; have no immediate family member with colorectal cancer; never have observed rectal bleeding or sudden changes in defecation habits (constipation or diarrhea) and have not had a positive result on a fecal occult blood test during the last two years. 

This new project is particularly interesting since Hôpital Montfort Auxiliary and Volunteer Association has donated $ 25 000 for the purchase of an endoscope, an instrument that allows the rectum and the lower part of the colon to be viewed on a monitor. 

Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone institution that delivers quality care in both official languages, within an academic setting and works with its partners to improve communities’ health. 

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