Choosing Wisely Canada cancer initiative

Learn about the Choosing Wisely Canada cancer initiative to identify low-value practices in three oncology areas: medical, radiation and surgical

This infographic shows details about the Choosing Wisely Canada® cancer initiative, including criteria for recommendations about medical, radiation and surgical oncology.

The Choosing Wisely Canada cancer initiative was started in 2013 by Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The original Choosing Wisely® initiative began in the United States to identify the top five unnecessary and frequently used healthcare practices that show evidence for low-value and, or harm.

The Canadian initiative is a collaborative health-services approach to identify relevant low-value, unnecessary or harmful services that are frequently used within Canada. The Partnership worked with the three professional oncology societies (CSSO, CAMO and CARO) to develop a cancer-specific list of practices. The final list was released on October 29, 2014, along with the second wave of Choosing Wisely Canada lists.

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