A new master plan for cancerology in Quebec

16 April 2013

Montreal -

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) - Quebec Division applauds Dr Réjean Hébert, Quebec’s Health Minister, and Dr Jean Latreille, Director, Direction québécoise de cancérologie, for their decision to privilege transparency and integration in the Quebec master plan for cancerology. The 2013-2015 action plan contained therein reflects an ambitious vision for cancer care.

The Health Ministry and Direction québécoise de cancérologie favour the development of the cancerology network throughout Quebec. The CCS is particularly pleased to note that all stakeholders are part of the planning process – above all, patients – but also organizations involved in the fight against cancer.

With its 30,000 volunteers and 300,000 donors, the CCS is a leading player in the fight against cancer in Quebec. Executive Director Suzanne Dubois states: “The prospects are exciting. We must foster networking and relationship-building, and we sense a willingness to resolve many outstanding issues, such as the Quebec Cancer Registry and colorectal cancer screening.” While emphasis is placed on care and services, including palliative care and home care, alliance-building with organizations is required to achieve some of the 64 points included in the action plan.

Nearly half of cancer cases may be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices and effective public healthcare policies – these are critical areas in which field organizations such as the CCS are active. Just think of smoking, which accounts for 30% of all cancer cases. “The Canadian Cancer Society will be very active on the issue of smoking in the months ahead. We’re very pleased with the Health Minister’s recognition of the need to revise the Tobacco Act,” adds Suzanne Dubois.

Whether focusing on prevention, developing post-cancer programs, sharing information tools or advocating amendments to the Tobacco Act, the CCS aims to be an active stakeholder in the application of this ambitious master plan.

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. All these years, we have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support people touched by the disease. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. To know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

André Beaulieu

Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Quebec Division

Phone: (514) 393-3444