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Fast Track Colonoscopy

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Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care makes it easier and more affordable to schedule a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer. The Fast-Track Screening Colonoscopy program streamlines the process of scheduling a colonoscopy procedure by eliminating the need for patients to meet with a gastroenterologist for a pre-procedure appointment; they simply come in on the day of their procedure. Interested patients, including employees receive an initial consultation by phone with a nurse navigator, who will determine their eligibility. Once the patient is deemed eligible, they will be scheduled for the procedure with a Valley gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon based on a health insurance match and availability, and will receive instructions and a prescription for preparatory colon-cleansing agents. Patients must meet certain criteria to qualify for a fast-track screening colonoscopy, which include being in overall good health with no significant medical problems or symptoms of colon cancer. The nurse navigator will determine eligibility during the initial phone consultation. Patients then only need come in for the actual procedure. Since its inception in July of last year, the program has very successfully engaged with patients and employees who otherwise chose not to have this important cancer screening procedure.

How Fast-Track Colonoscopy Works

Each patient will receive an initial consultation by phone with a nurse navigator, who will determine their eligibility. Once the patient is deemed eligible, they will be scheduled for the procedure with a Valley gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon based on a health insurance match and availability, and will receive instructions and a prescription for preparatory colon-cleansing agents.

Are You Eligible for a Fast-Track Screening Colonoscopy?

Patients must meet certain criteria to qualify for a fast-track screening colonoscopy, which include being in overall good health with no significant medical problems or symptoms of colon cancer. The nurse navigator will determine eligibility during the initial phone consultation.