Canadian Cancer Society supports commitment to increase palliative care funding and training for health professionals

23 March 2016

Regina -

For immediate release

March 23, 2016

 

Canadian Cancer Society supports commitment to increase palliative care funding and training for health professionals

 

REGINA –

The Canadian Cancer Society welcomes efforts to improve palliative care services and to provide training for health professionals, as promised today by Liberal Party leader Darrin Lamoureux.

“Approximately 1 of every 2 cancer deaths in Canada occurs in an acute care hospital, even though surveys show that most people would like to die at home and less than half of people who die in hospital in Western Canada receive palliative care” says Donna Ziegler, Director, Cancer Control, Canadian Cancer Society in Saskatchewan.

“More specific training on palliative and end-of-life care can ensure better pain and symptom management and ultimately a better quality of life. All health care professionals should have some training in palliative care to ensure we can meet the needs of our aging population,” she says.

The Society is calling on all parties to make health a priority in the 2016 election campaign, and to support policies that will contribute to the eradication of cancer, the sustainability of our health systems and enhanced quality of life for people who have cancer and their families.

For more information on our election issues visit www.cancer.ca.


Media contacts:

Donna Ziegler
Director Cancer Control
306-790-9876 (w)

 

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.