Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women, affecting one in nine Canadian women in their lifetime. North York General’s (NYGH’s) breast cancer care program, which includes the BMO Breast Diagnostic Clinic (BDC), is Canada’s first comprehensive breast cancer care program to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
We provide breast cancer care through an Integrated Care Collaborative (ICC) – a system of health care providers, clinics and services focused on breast cancer patients and their families. This means that patients are given evidence-based care, following best practices in an interdisciplinary, co-operative setting.
Care delivery cycle
As part of the ICC, you may be seen at the hospital throughout different phases in your care. The activities that take place in each phase will be based on your breast cancer treatment plan and will be discussed with you and your family by a health care provider. At NYGH, we provide education, support and coaching to you and your family throughout your whole breast cancer treatment journey.
BMO Breast Diagnostic Clinic
Since 1997, the BMO Breast Diagnostic Clinic (BDC), part of the Karen, Heather and Lynn Steinberg Breast Centre, has delivered comprehensive services for individuals with suspected breast cancer, as identified by a clinical examination and/or medical imaging abnormalities. Our team of breast cancer experts assess patients using state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment, providing early diagnosis so they can make informed decisions about breast cancer treatment options.
Every year, the BDC sees roughly 1,500 new patients. Working closely with the Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic, the BDC provides counseling and testing for individuals at high risk of developing an inherited form of breast cancer.
The clinic’s patient education resource area offers a comfortable space for patients and their families to learn more about new breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options. To support the diversity of the North York community, the BDC provides literature in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and other languages.
Learn more about North York General Hospital’s Breast Cancer Program.