Quebec must have a proper Quebec cancer registry because lack of information prevents the network from planning its policies, alarms the president of the Quebec Association of Hematologists and Oncologists (AMHOQ).
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In an interview with Qub radio on Wednesday, the Dr Martin Champagne returned to data released Tuesday by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).
These revealed that the number of people who currently have, or have had, cancer exceeds 1.5 million in Canada, up from 1 million 10 years ago.
These data are “good news” as they show improvements in survival, but they also highlight the long-term impact of cancer on the health system.
“In Canada we are talking about about 85,000 deaths a year, it is the equivalent of the city of Repentigny or that of Brossard”, said D.r Champagne at the microphone of Philippe-Vincent Foizy.
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“Unfortunately, we don’t have reliable statistics in Quebec,” he complained. The cancer registry is not operational […]. Quebec data is from 2011, we have no more recent data, except approximations.
Dr Champagne explained that having up-to-date cancer data makes it possible to establish more effective screening programs and to know exactly where to invest.
“I think Mr. Dubé needs this kind of dashboard, because if you don’t know how many stage 3 or stage 4 colon cancer patients there are, how do you plan economically, budget for what is required?”
As technologies evolve, this 2011 data is like “vintage photos,” added the AMHOQ president.
The Dr Martin Champagne also points out that he and his fellow oncologists see far more cancer patients at a later stage than they did before the pandemic.
“And that there is a cost to the patient because these chances of recovery are lower, the treatments will be more intense than if he had been diagnosed before,” he explained.
“During the pandemic, we have accumulated more than ten thousand patients awaiting colonoscopy and we are currently struggling to catch up or catch up.”
For him, the latest statistics from the CCS and the lack of data in Quebec remind him “that we will have to make significant efforts to compensate for this delay” and that the government should be “alarmed” by the situation.