New test for colorectal cancer
FIT is more accurate and easier to use
Have you heard about FIT? We're not talking about physical activity levels. FIT refers to fecal immunochemical test, which detects blood in stool (poop), an early sign of colorectal cancer and/or pre-cancerous polyps. In June, Ontario started replacing the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) with the FIT as part of Cancer Care Ontario's screening program for colorectal cancer. While both tests detect hidden blood in the stool, FIT is more accurate and easier to use.

"Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer," says Dr. David Baron G astroenterologist.  "Taking a FIT, when advised by your family doctor or nurse practitioner, is a simple step that can prevent cancer or catch the disease in an early stage, when treatment is most effective."
Causes and symptoms of vertigo

Woman with hand on head feeling dizzy.
Have you ever suddenly felt like you're spinning or that everything around you is moving? This sensation may last for a few seconds, minutes, hours or even days. This could be the first sign of vertigo, caused by a problem in the inner ear.

Family Physicians Dr. Li Yang Liu and Dr. Azarm Golian discuss vertigo.

Behind the Scenes video: ArtWorks for Cancer

ArtWorks for Cancer, a not-for-profit foundation, partnered with North York General Hospital and the North York General Foundation to transform clinical areas into warm, hopeful spaces for patients, their families and health care providers.

More than 30 works of art were carefully curated and donated by ArtWorks for Cancer and can be seen in our Baruch/Weisz Cancer Centre. Much of the imagery is made up of calming photos of nature to create a more soothing and healing environment.

Year in Review

Year in Review 2018-2019 cover
North York General Hospital is proud to be a leading community academic hospital, focused on providing exceptional health care to our diverse communities. Our 2018-2019 Year in Review lists many of our highlights, awards and media mentions.

As well, learn about the exciting activities and accomplishments of our Research and Innovation team by reading their 2018 Year in Review.

Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Care

Dr. Sandy Buchman
Dr. Sandy Buchman has been named  the inaugural  Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Care . This endowed Chair is a clinical position and the first of its kind in a community hospital in Canada made possible by the Freeman family.

As part of his role, Dr. Buchman is also the new Medical Director of North York General Hospital's Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care.  

Website gets new look!

Top of NYGH homepage
North York General Hospital launched its new website  on June 25. The engaging design reflects North York General's role as one of Canada's leading academic hospitals.

The navigation is user friendly and easily guides visitors through the website to find the information they are looking for. The website meets best practices in accessibility standards, user experience and mobile-first design.

Rally in the Ravine     
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