‘We need to do better’: Survey finds cancer patient care remains inconsistent across Canada – CTV

Feb. 5, 2023

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is calling on the federal government to do more for cancer patients, as the system continues to struggle nearly three years after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 4 is World Cancer Day. It’s an important date for Sandra Perrault, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2021.

“I’m very grateful and happy that my story turned out to be a good one, and I had a positive result. Unfortunately that’s not the case for others, and I believe we need to do better,” said Perrault.

The CCS has released the results of a national survey that indicates patient care for those being treated for cancer has not improved since the peak of the pandemic.

Among other issues reported by the 700 cancer patients and caregivers surveyed across Canada was the difficulty in booking appointments with cancer specialists.

As well, 25 per cent of respondents said they are still experiencing cancelled or postponed appointments, and 33 per cent said they are not confident they would get quality care in a timely fashion if they had a cancer-related emergency.

Read more: https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/we-need-to-do-better-survey-finds-cancer-patient-care-remains-inconsistent-across-canada-1.6260366

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