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Medical Oncology

Triage criteria and referral process for physicians

Triage category Examples
(not all inclusive)
Process Facilitators
(include results if available)
Emergent
  • Superior Vena Cava obstruction by small cell lung carcinoma
PHONE
902-473-2220 “Medical Oncologist on call”
AND FAX referral marked EMERGENCY
  • Provide direct number to contact referring physician
  • Imaging reports and images
  • All pathology/cytology reports
  • Blood work
Urgent
  • Ewing’s sarcoma (preoperative chemotherapy)
  • Inflammatory breast carcinoma
  • Metastatic testicular germ cell tumor
  • Osteosarcoma (preoperative chemotherapy)
  • Small cell lung carcinoma
  • Urgently requested consult
FAX referral marked URGENT
  • Provide direct number to contact referring physician
  • Imaging reports and images
  • All pathology/cytology reports (germ cell tumor)
  • Blood work
  • Urgent Breast Cancer
    • Estrogen/ Progesterone receptor status required;
    • Index mammographic films and report
Semi-Urgent
  • Anal carcinoma
  • Esophageal carcinoma (preoperative chemotherapy)
  • Gastric carcinoma (preoperative chemotherapy)
  • Grade 3 cerebral glioma
  • Head & Neck cancer (concurrent chemoradiation)
  • Locally advanced breast carcinoma, non-inflammatory
  • Metastatic bladder carcinoma, symptomatic
  • Metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma
  • Metastatic Osteosarcoma
  • Non-small cell lung carcinoma
  • Pancreatic cancer (preoperative chemoradiation)
  • Rectal cancer (preoperative chemoradiation)
  • Stage 1 germ cell tumor of testes
Fax referral
  • Imaging reports and images
  • O.R. reports
  • All pathology/cytology reports
  • Blood work
  • Breast Cancer:
    • Estrogen/progesterone receptor status required;
    • Index mammographic films and report
Non-Urgent 1
  • Metastatic breast carcinoma
  • Metastatic melanoma
  • Metastatic soft tissue sarcoma
  • Resected pancreatic carcinoma (adjuvant chemotherapy)

Fax referral

  • Imaging reports and images
  • All pathology/cytology reports
  • Blood work
  • Breast Cancer:
    • Estrogen/progesterone receptor status
    • Her-2/neu status required
Non-Urgent 2
  • Colon and rectal carcinoma (adjuvant chemotherapy)
  • Early stage breast carcinoma (adjuvant chemotherapy)
  • Gastric carcinoma (adjuvant chemotherapy & metastatic disease)
  • Metastatic colorectal carcinoma
  • Metastatic carcinoid tumor, asymptomatic
Fax referral
  • Imaging reports and images
  • All pathology/cytology reports
  • Blood work

 

Contact information and forms

  Nova Scotia Cancer Centre (NSCC) Referral Office
Fax 902-473-6079
Mailing address 5780 University Avenue
Dickson Building
2nd Floor Dickson - Main Level
Halifax, NS  B3H 1V7

View Cancer Centre website (via NSHA website)

View Cancer Care Nova Scotia website
   
Medical Oncologists View list of physicians
   
Forms Capital Health Cancer Care Program Referral Form [PDF - 65 kB]

 

Learn more about our division
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View the Division of Medical Oncology