Colorectal Screening

This section contains the clinical practice guidelines followed in Alberta.

 

 

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Alberta follows the colorectal screening guidelines developed by Towards Optimized Practice with the Alberta Medical Association.

Clinical Practice Summary

View the PDF of the clinical practice summary on the Towards Optimized Practice (TOP) website.

Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program standards and guidelines

The program standards and guidelines provides the evidence and/or consensus-based quality and safety “points of reference” such that quality and safe care and services to all individuals in Alberta.

Does my patient need a FIT?

This one page flowchart summarizes the guidelines for colorectal cancer screening.  Call 1-866-727-3926 to order a (size:  9×11″) poster.

When to use FIT for healthcare providers

This one-page resource provides important information about when healthcare providers should consider the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) for an asymptomatic patient.  Call 1-866-727-3926 to order 

Common Questions about Colorectal Cancer Screening

This brochure is designed for patients to understand common questions related to colorectal cancer screening.

Common Questions about FIT (for patients)

This info sheet provides information about colorectal cancer screening by FIT for patients.

Frequently Asked Questions about FIT for physicians

This one-page resource contains frequently asked questions and answers for physicians about the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT).

FIT Collection Instructions (Brochure)

This brochure provides step-by-step instructions on how to collect a stool sample for the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT).

FIT Collection Instructions

This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT).  This instruction sheet is included in FIT kits from the lab.

FIT Collection Instructions (Francais)

Instructions pour le test immunochimique fécal (TIF).  This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) in French.

FIT Collection Instructions (Spanish)

Instrucciones para la prueba inmunoquímica fecal (FIT).  This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) in Spanish.

FIT Collection Instructions (Arabic)

تعلیمات خاصة بفحص الدم الخفي في البراز.  This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) in Arabic.

FIT Collection Instructions (Chinese Traditional)

糞便免疫化學檢測 (FIT) 說明.  This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) in Traditional Chinese.

FIT Collection Instructions (Simplified Chinese)

粪便免疫化学测试 (FIT) 说明.  This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) in Simplified Chinese.

FIT Collection Instructions (German)

Anweisungen für den Fäkalen Immunchemie-Test (FIT).  This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) in German.

FIT Collection Instructions (Punjabi)

This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) in Punjabi.

FIT Collection Instructions (Vietnamese)

This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) in Vietnamese.

Step by Step Instructions for FIT

This two-page information sheet provides step-by-step instructions with how to collect a sample for the Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT).

Colorectal Cancer Screening Information 2022

This resource sheet provides information about colorectal cancer and a FIT test and what to do after you receive your results.

Bowel preparation instructions (CoLyte)

This booklet can be shared with patients to prepare for a colonoscopy using CoLyte.

Bowel preparation instructions (Bi-PegLyte)

This booklet can be shared with patients to prepare for a colonoscopy using Bi-PegLyte.

Bowel preparation instructions (Pico-Salax)

This booklet can be shared with patients to prepare for a colonoscopy using Pico-Salax.

Did you know?

There are additional colorectal cancer screening resources available, such as colonoscopy patient education booklets, discharge instructions and resources to summarize results and next steps.

In this section, healthcare providers will find resources regarding screening colonoscopies.

 

 

Colonoscopy Patient Resource

This resource is intended for patients who will be having a colonoscopy.

Bowel preparation instructions (CoLyte)

This booklet can be shared with patients to prepare for a colonoscopy using CoLyte.

Bowel preparation instructions (Bi-PegLyte)

This booklet can be shared with patients to prepare for a colonoscopy using Bi-PegLyte.

Bowel preparation instructions using Pico-Salax

This booklet can be shared with patients to prepare for a colonoscopy using Pico-Salax.

Colonoscopy Discharge Instructions

This standardized form provides instructions for patients following a colonoscopy.

Your colonoscopy test results and next steps

This standardized resource can be distributed to patients following their colonoscopy.

Standards and guidelines for screening colonoscopy services

Published in 2014

Quality reporting of colonoscopy performance standards for the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

This document outlines specific quality indicators, their target measures and reporting timelines.

Screening colonoscopy prioritization and expected wait times

Published in 2016

Post polypectomy surveillance guidelines from Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

This document provides the surveillance guidelines post-polypectomy.

Guidelines for antithrombotic management for screening-related colonoscopy

Assessment tools and suggested management for the patient on antithrombotics undergoing a screening-related colonoscopy.

Suggested management of antithrombotic agents for a screening-related colonoscopy

Booklet

Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program standards and guidelines

Booklet

Bowel preparation instructions (Bi-Peglyte)

Booklet

Bowel preparation instructions (CoLyte)

Booklet

Bowel preparation instructions (Pico-Salax)

Booklet

Colonoscopy discharge instructions

Booklet

Colonoscopy patient education

Booklet

Colonoscopy test results and next steps

Poster

Colorectal cancer screening

Info Sheet

Colorectal cancer screening information 2022

Poster

Colorectal cancer screening poster for Indigenous people

Brochure

Common questions about colorectal cancer screening

Info Sheet

Common questions about FIT (for patients)

Info Sheet

Discontinued availability of the GFOBT (for physicians)

Info Sheet

Does my patient need a FIT?

Info Sheet

FAQs for physicians about FIT

Brochure

FIT collection instructions

Info Sheet

FIT collection instructions (Arabic)

Info Sheet

FIT collection instructions (Chinese Simplified)

Info Sheet

FIT collection instructions (Chinese Traditional)

Info Sheet

FIT collection instructions (Francais)

Info Sheet

FIT collection instructions (German)

Info Sheet

FIT collection instructions (Punjabi)

Info Sheet

FIT collection instructions (Spanish)

Info Sheet

FIT collection instructions (Vietnamese)

Info Sheet

FIT Lab collection instructions

Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions for FIT Mail-out for Primary Care Providers

Booklet

Guidelines for antithrombotic management for screening-related colonoscopy

Info Sheet

Info Sheet for Endoscopy Partners for the FIT Mail-out

Booklet

Post polypectomy surveillance guidelines from Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Info Sheet

Primary Care Providers' Info Sheet for FIT Mail-out

Booklet

Quality reporting of colonoscopy performance standards for the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Booklet

Report on colorectal cancer control in Alberta (2013)

Info Sheet

Screening colonoscopy prioritization and expected wait times

Booklet

Standards and guidelines for screening colonoscopy services

Info Sheet

Step by Step Instructions for a FIT Test

Info Sheet

Suggested management of Antithrombotic agents for a screening-related colonoscopy

Poster

This colorectal cancer screening facility saved Sam's life

Info Sheet

When to use FIT for healthcare providers

Getting a FIT kit in Alberta just got easier!

In this section, there is information for primary care providers about the new FIT mailout initiative.

Eligible Albertans can now order a FIT kit online!

What is the FIT Mail Out Initiative? Why now?

The FIT Mail Out initiative will allow Albertans to order a FIT either online or over the phone, that will be mailed to their home.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the existing gap in Alberta’s colorectal cancer screening rates has increased. Delays in screening and missed colorectal cancer diagnoses will disproportionately burden and affect those living in rural or remote areas of the province, the underserved as well as those living in low socioeconomic environments.

Implementation of this initiative provides Albertans with options to screening, helps to address patient barriers and works to overcome health disparities.

Who can order a FIT online or by phone?

Albertans aged 50 to 74 have the option to order a FIT online or by phone after completing a questionnaire to determine eligibility (asymptomatic with no personal or family history in a first degree relative and due for FIT screening). The FIT kit will be mailed directly to their home.

How will my patient get their FIT result?

If your patient orders a FIT through the online or phone system, they will receive a result letter in the mail.

Will I be sent my patient’s FIT result?

Due to current system limitations, primary care providers will not be copied on the lab requisition for those FITs ordered online or by telephone. However, for those who have access, results are accessible through Netcare. We are actively working to have this issue resolved.

What about my patient’s follow-up care?

To support continuity of care we are asking patients with a regular healthcare provider…Patients that have ordered their test through the online or phone system and have an abnormal FIT result will be mailed an abnormal result letter. This letter will explain what an abnormal FIT result means and ask them to book an appointment with their regular healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss whether a follow-up colonoscopy is right for them.

What about the unattached patient’s follow-up care?

The Abnormal FIT result letter, signed by the ordering physician, Dr. Yang, Medical Director with AHS Screening Programs, clearly outlines the next steps the patient should take. The letter emphasizes the patient is to make an appointment with a family doctor as soon as possible to discuss their abnormal result and a follow-up colonoscopy. A list of resources to help find a family doctor accepting new patients is provided in this letter. If the unattached patient has questions or needs further assistance finding a healthcare provider they are asked to call AHS Screening Programs toll-free number at 1-866-727-3926.

Do I still order FITs in my practice using the community lab requisition? Can I send my patients to screeningforlife.ca to order a FIT?

Yes, Albertans ages 50 to 74 will still be able to see their primary healthcare provider to get a lab requisition that they can take to a lab to get their FIT kit. Individuals who are younger than 50 or older than 74 and eligible for FIT screening based on the TOP Clinical Practice Guidelines1 will need to speak to their primary care provider to get a lab requisition that they can take to a lab to get their FIT kit. Individuals outside of the ages of 50 to 74 will not be able to order a FIT online or by phone.

 

Primary Care Providers' Info Sheet

This one-page resource contains information for Primary Care Providers about the FIT Mail-Out Initiative.

Information for Endoscopy Partners

This one-page resource contains information for Endoscopy partners about the FIT Mail-Out Initiative.

Frequently Asked Questions for Primary Care Providers

This info sheet is a printable copy of the frequently asked questions listed above.

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