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Improving the cancer patient experience

22 March 2018

Improving the cancer patient experience

A recent report by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) highlights the experience of having cancer in Canada, the many kinds of support people with cancer need and where the gaps are, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

The report includes information from over 30,000 Canadians and shows that many patients experience significant physical and emotional side effects post-treatment that are not sufficiently addressed.

CPAC’s report noted that some Canadians were not satisfied with the emotional support they received in outpatient cancer care or had emotional challenges after treatment ended, and that up to one in four people living with cancer reported that their care providers did not consider travel concerns when planning for treatment.

CCS has programs and services in place for cancer patients and their families, including providing reliable information, peer support programs and transportation services.

Joanne Whitman knows how important it is to receive the right support during a cancer journey. After she was diagnosed with cancer, she joined CancerConnection.ca - a CCS-funded online peer support community.

“When I think back to the beginning of my cancer journey, if it were not for meeting that CancerConnection.ca community member who was going through the same thing, I would not have gotten through it,” says Joanne.

CPAC’s full report can be found on their website. To learn more about CCS's information and support services, please call our Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.