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Communities Oncology Network

The Communities Oncology Network (CON) is a collaborative voluntary partnership with hospitals in the health authorities and with the BC Cancer Agency regional centres and its systemic and radiation therapy programs.

What we do

The CON works with BC health authorities to ensure that cancer care throughout the province meets the standards of the BC Cancer Agency. 

A CON location must have at a minimum:

  • appropriately trained and competent staff (nurses, physicians, pharmacists) to administer and manage the cytotoxic and hazardous products used to treat cancer
  • access to clinical diagnostic services, such as haematology, with the capability to provide all of the information required to monitor cancer therapy
  • the capability to respond to complications of therapy 24 hours per day.

Levels of service

Community clinics and hospitals across the province that offer chemotherapy services have been divided into four broad levels of service, with level 1 being the most basic level of service.

A Satellite Centre is staffed by a BC Cancer Agency medical oncologist, and/or a BC Cancer Agency General Practitioner receiving remote support from a BC Cancer Agency regional centre.

The Centre also has chemotherapy-certified oncology nurses, oncology-trained pharmacists and pharmacy staff. All chemotherapy in these centres is supervised by a BC Cancer Agency medical oncologist. 

Satellite Centres prepare and deliver oral and parenteral outpatient chemotherapy agents. This includes first-dose treatment and the full spectrum of outpatient chemotherapy protocols as delineated by the BC Cancer Agency.

It is also electronically connected to the BC Cancer Agency’s Cancer Agency Information System (CAIS) and therefore has full access to electronic patient information.


The service is available from Monday to Friday. 

A Full Service Community Chemotherapy Centre is located in a general community hospital and delivers outpatient oral and parenteral cancer chemotherapy as well as provides medical and nursing support for cancer patients. 


The Centre is typically staffed with community physicians who are general oncologists, internists, General Practitioners in Oncology (GPO), chemotherapy-certified oncology nurses, oncology-experienced pharmacists and pharmacy staff. Referring physicians are required to complete a Communities Oncology Network referral for the transfer of care.


Staff is able to manage all types of out patient IV and oral chemotherapy protocols including first-cycle and trained in the care and management of central venous access devices.

Staff have read-only access to the BC Cancer Agency’s Cancer Agency Information System (CAIS).

The service hours may vary from Monday to Friday.

 

Chemotherapy services offered are limited. A basic community chemotherapy service typically consists of at least a chemotherapy certified oncology nurse and General Practitioner in Oncology (GPO) overseeing the medical management of patients on chemotherapy. 


Staff have read-only access to the BC Cancer Agency’s Cancer Agency Information System (CAIS) unless specifically indicated.

Service hours may vary from Monday to Friday.

 

Minimal amount of oncology service offered. Nature of services varies from site to site. These hospital pharmacies may dispense oral chemotherapy or homonaly therapy. No formalized cancer care team available.

Staff does not have access to the BC Cancer Agency’s Cancer Agency Information System (CAIS) unless specifically indicated.

Please contact the health-care professional for a specific location for days and hours of service.

Frequently used CON documents & processes

See Systemic Therapy for:

  • the Compassionate Access Program (formerly undesignated drug application)
  • Drug reimbursement and forms
  • CON referrals process and forms
  • CON policies and procedures

Workload definitions & accounting calendars

Corrections to CON info

If you notice that the contact information for any of the CON sites (listed in Locations) is incorrect, please send us the correct information.

SOURCE: Communities Oncology Network ( )
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