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Passage of An Act respecting end-of-life care - The Canadian Cancer Society wants more palliative care starting now

06 June 2014

Montreal -

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) – Quebec Division welcomes the passage of An Act respecting end-of-life care at the National Assembly today. With a right to end-of-life care, the implementation of policies in all health care institutions, and several changes to the original bill, Quebec society is guaranteeing its people the dignity, support, and supervision required at the end of life.

The CCS would like to pay the highest compliments to legislators for their exemplary work on the issue. The depth and maturity of the discussions held helped prepare the ground for an important social change. Even if the sensitive elements in this legislation sometimes eclipsed the larger picture, the CCS is particularly happy about the careful attention given to end-of-life as well as palliative care.

The government must proceed with added force to ensure access to quality palliative care that is timely to all those who need it, in the place of their choice. Initiatives have been agreed on and should be followed through. “More than 20,000 people will die of cancer this year and among 190,000 people who live with this disease, many could benefit from palliative care. The need for an increased availability of this care has been recognized unanimously, so this consensus must now translate into reality. The government has the duty to ensure that no Quebecer will forgo the new end-of-life care options for a lack of health care services,” says Suzanne Dubois, Executive Director of the CCS – Quebec Division.

Every day, the Canadian Cancer Society works to save more lives. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research, and support people touched by the disease. For 75 years, our goal has remained unchanged: do more so that fewer of us have to face cancer and more survive. Let’s save more lives. Visit 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