Cancer Quality report provides encouraging news

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

As far as the treatment of cancer in Ontario is concerned, things are improving.

The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario has released it’s annual report and it shows improvements from prevention to end of life care.

The report says, however, there’s more you can do to improve your chances of not getting cancer by cutting down on smoking, overeating, drinking and getting more exercise.

Locally, there’s a lower hospital mortality rate and this fall the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre will open at the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Official says a significant number of new safety measures were implemented in the past year for chemotherapy, screening and radiation as well as environmental health indicators which measure the population’s exposure to harmful toxins that could potentially cause cancer.

The report says there has been an improvement in the implementation of best practice technology through the use of automated drug ordering systems for chemotherapy by hospitals.

The 2014 CSQI results also show that only 62 per cent of those who participated in the annual patient satisfaction survey for symptom management indicated that their healthcare team talked to them about their Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) scores, which is lower than the proportion reported during the previous period.

Officials say focusing on these improvement areas not only impacts patient care but also, strives towards providing patients with a superior care experience.

CLICK HERE to access the report and review all the indicators.

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