Referrals for screening will be triaged and assigned a priority and recommended screening test based on the information included in the referral form.
Incomplete referrals, referrals for patients that do not meet current screening guidelines, and referrals that do not meet eligibility criteria will not be accepted and will be returned to the referring physician. Consistent with the recommendation of the ACRSCP, the CCSC supports the use of the FIT (fecal immunochemical test) as the preferred screening method for those at average risk for colon cancer.
The referring physician must inform the CCSC of any changes in the patient that could affect priority or eligibility.
New referrals are triaged and assigned a priority based on the individual’s risk factors for colon cancer.
Those at average risk for colon cancer are assigned a priority of “routine” and are accommodated as space allows. The anticipated wait time until colonoscopy for this individual is more than 18 months. We expect the referring physician to recommend annual FIT until the individual is seen at the CCSC. It is important that the CCSC be informed of any change in the individual’s risk factors for colon cancer or medical status. Please read this for more information on Triage guidelines.
Note: CCSC will cancel referrals on the waiting list if the patient becomes ineligible for colon cancer screening or colonoscopy at the CCSC due to age or other eligibility criteria.
CCSC expected wait times vary, but in general, below are the expected wait times based on CCSC established priorities: