Today — through the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control — the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) and its partners across the country are making significant improvements in cancer control as we pursue the goal of a cancer system that benefits everyone, no matter who you are or where you live.
Canada is unique in its foresight and determination to drive excellence in cancer care across the country through a shared vision, delivered across 13 provincial and territorial health systems, with patients at the centre. Our national cancer Strategy and our collective commitment to achieve its goals, is an international recognized leading practice generating important results.
In 2017/18, the Partnership began a new five-year phase of its work, building on successes and setting new initiatives in motion. Our network of partners and our agenda for change stretch across the country and the entire spectrum of cancer control – from prevention, screening and diagnosis, to clinical care, survivorship and end-of-life care.
As you will read in this annual report, the Partnership is collaborating with partners to improve quality across all aspects of cancer control, minimize disparities and create a cancer system where the needs of patients and their families come first.
For example, efforts are underway to provide all cancer patients with better and earlier access to palliative care to increase satisfaction with their care and provide them with better control over pain and other symptoms. We’re also drawing much-needed attention to the unique experiences of adolescents and young adults with cancer, the need to deliver end-of-life care in the home, and the physical, emotional and practical challenges faced by people with cancer. The Partnership is strengthening the cancer system’s approach to working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners by taking steps to embed Indigenous priorities across all initiatives and provide cultural competency training to all Partnership staff.
Recently, the Partnership was asked by the federal Minister of Health to lead the effort to refresh and modernize the now decade old Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. In the coming months, we will engage experts within the cancer control community, First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Canadians with an experience of cancer, their families and the general public to guide the Strategy’s refresh and identify the next phase of pressing cancer control priorities for Canada. And, we will continue to work with all pan-Canadian health organizations and the federal Ministry of Health on the future vision for a national agency to achieve health care priorities.
We will also continue to work on the initiatives described in this report to strengthen the foundations of our cancer systems. Change is only possible through our partnerships with cancer agencies, governments, Indigenous organizations, health professionals, research organizations and most importantly, people affected by cancer.
We thank you for your ongoing commitment to improving the cancer experience for all Canadians.
Graham Sher, Chair
Cindy Morton, Chief Executive Officer