Rapid Access Mets Program (RAMP)
RAMP provides an opportunity for patients with metastatic disease of the bones, prompt access to the Radiation Oncology Services available at the Juravinski Cancer Centre.
Suitable patients that may benefit from palliative radiation therapy are:
• patients with cancer that has metastasized to bones in the body causing pain or difficulty with movement
• patients with cancer that is close to the spinal cord that could result in paralysis if not treated
Patients with emergency situations such as overt spinal cord compression should be referred to the Radiation Oncologist on-call.
The RAMP clinic currently operates weekly with a team of Radiation Oncologists, Residents, Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist, Nurses, as well as multidisciplinary support from the Pain & Symptom Management Team, Orthopedic Oncology and Clinical Trials.
The primary goal of the RAMP clinic is to offer suitable patients same day radiation therapy treatment for Pain & Symptom Management. Currently, most patients will receive a consultation and receive radiation therapy treatment within one week of referral. RAMP patients may receive a single radiation therapy treatment or more as determined by the Radiation Oncologist and Health Care Team.
Cross referrals, new consultations and new patient referrals from Palliative Care Physicians and General Practitioners providing palliative care within the LHIN are all accepted.
For specific Bone Metastases referral questions from Physicians, please contact Julie Blain, Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist @ (905) 387-9711 ext 63604.
Please see referral link for required documentation, imaging and contact information.