Fight against cancer: unacceptable delays, according to stakeholders

cancerAs of August 22, more than 2,000 Montrealers expected to undergo cancer surgery in Montreal. Of these, 56% have waited too long, reveal departmental data presented this morning as part of a Forum on the fight against cancer, organized in the metropolis.

“Who is accountable? What are we waiting for to act? “Asked Suzanne Poulet, President of the organization Ovary Hope.

According to government targets, 90% of patients requiring oncological operation for a suspected or confirmed cancer should go under the knife within 28 days or less. In Montreal, only 43% of cases meet this deadline.

Director of the Molecular Biology Laboratory of Hematology CHUM, Dr. Denis Soulières is not surprised by these deadlines. “We see many cases of patients waiting too long,” he said.

Government data however, are not fully reliable. Because, as denounced several speakers at the forum this morning, the Quebec Cancer Registry is not yet fully in place.

“The data is outdated. There are 18 to 24 month period. There are duplicates. We need reliable, but we do not have, “complains the former Minister of Health, Réjean Hébert.

“The problem is that nobody says that’s enough. It does not work. We must act, “said the president of the Coalition Priority Cancer, Nathalie Rodrigue.

In the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), explains that, throughout Quebec, 11% of cancer surgeries are performed OUT time. The MSSS said track “of the situation of wait times for surgery related to cancer.” The MSSS spokeswoman Noémie Vanheuverzwijn, mentions that the average waiting time decreased from 32 days in 2013-2014 to 30 days today.

It states that the waiting time in oncological surgery and cancer registry are two different things. Ms. Vanheuverzwijn mentions that waiting data is collected in real time by Quebec. The Register, meanwhile, “will contain information on diagnosis, treatment received, mortality rates, the file tumors, incidence, etc.”

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