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FECAL IMMUNOCHEMICAL TEST (FIT) PROGRAM

Information for Primary Healthcare Providers

Changes to screening for Colorectal Cancer

The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is a screening test for people at average risk of getting colorectal cancer. FIT is now used instead of the guaiac fecal occult blood test (gFOBT), which used to be Ontario’s colorectal cancer screening test. As of December 24, 2019, labs in Ontario will no longer test ColonCancerCheck gFOBT kits.

Where to Get Screened?

Halton Healthcare has recently introduced a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) program within its three hospitals to expedite recommended endoscopic/colonscopic investigations for patients who have already received an abnormal or positive FIT test result.

Hospital Locations:

  • Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
  • Milton District Hospital
  • Georgetown Hospital 
Please visit www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca/locations for directions and maps to our hospitals

 

Referring Patients with Abnormal/Positive FIT Test

Healthcare practitioners referring new patients into the FIT Program are required to complete the Positive FIT Referral Form and fax it to the Central Intake Program at 905-815-5133.

The target maximum wait time from FIT positive result to colonoscopy is 8 weeks. Patients will be scheduled to the Halton Healthcare hospital site closest to his/her home or closest to his/her primary care provider, based on patient preference.

 

For more information about the referral process, please contact the Mississauga Halton Central Intake Program at 905-338-2983.

 

For more information on this program go to:  https://www.cancercareontario.ca/en/types-of-cancer/colorectal/screening