In Canada, patients must be referred to a specialist by a doctor. The referring doctor is usually the local oncologist or urologist, but may also be the patient's family doctor (General Practitioner). Please note that specialists cannot respond to patients individually without this referral.
The specialist will require specific information from your referring doctor including:
- Imaging results such as ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI or other imaging tests
- Lab results such as blood or urine tests
- Pathology report
- Surgery or procedure reports (if done)
These results ensure that you will obtain specific and meaningful information particular to your individual case.