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London Regional Cancer Program’s Neuro-Endocrine program to see reduced patient volumes


For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2009


(LONDON, Ontario) –London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) at London Health Sciences Centre announced today its Neuro-Endocrine program will be reducing its patient volumes.

This highly-specialized program is one of two of its kind in Canada, and provides treatment for cancers of the endocrine glands - the glands responsible for secreting hormones directly into the blood. Typically, LRCP’s Neuro-Endocrine program sees between 80 and 100 patients per year.

The decision to see a reduced number of patients was made after the recent death of a staff member and unforeseen medical leave by another member of the highly-specialized, four-person Neuro-Endocrine staff. Unfortunately, these events have severely compromised the program’s ability to continue seeing its full compliment of patients

As such, the Neuro-Endocrine program will suspend acceptance of patients referred from outside its primary catchment area of responsibility, the South West region of Ontario, until the team’s staffing challenges can be resolved.

“We recognize this is a difficult situation for patients and their families,” said LRCP Vice President, Brian Orr. “Our primary concern is patient care and we want to assure our current patients that their care will continue uninterrupted.”

The program will continue to honour commitments to its current patients, and continue to accept referral patients from within the South West region.


About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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Cory Habermehl
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London Health Sciences Centre
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