Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A System Performance Report is the Partnership’s first report on the current state of palliative and end-of-life care for cancer patients across Canada. This is a vital issue to advancing cancer control, as it is estimated that 80-90% of patients currently receiving palliative and end-of-life care in Canada are cancer patients.
Palliative care is about improving the quality of life of patients and their families through symptom management, comfort and support. It includes easing symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue and anxiety and is effective while a patient is undergoing cancer treatment and beyond. It is not just for the dying but also for the living, including those with long lives ahead of them. Providing this care earlier in the cancer journey improves patients’ quality of life and satisfaction with care and in some cases can extend their life. Providing palliative care in the community setting, including at home, can also help avoid unnecessary hospital admissions while contributing to higher quality person centered care.Access your early release of the report today