• 2,500 women
    were determined to be at high risk for breast cancer by the High Risk Screening Program in Ontario in 2014
  • 84%
    of cancer patients saw a registered dietitian at a regional cancer centre within 14 days of referral in 2015
  • 72%
    of stage III colon cancer patients received chemotherapy within 60 days after surgery
  • 84%
    of all cancer surgery patients received their consult within the recommended wait time in 2015, and 88% received their surgery within the recommend wait time
  • 29%
    of patients with oropharynx cancer and 20% with cervical cancer visited the emergency department while undergoing a course of curative radiation therapy between 2012 and 2015
  • 44%
    of breast cancer patients, 48% of colon cancer patients and 62% of lymphoma patients visited the emergency department or were admitted to hospital at least once while receiving chemotherapy
  • About 25%
    of patients who undergo lung, prostate and colorectal surgery have an unplanned hospital visit following cancer surgery
  • 64%
    of cancer patients had a first consult with an outpatient palliative care team within 14 days of referral in 2015
  • 40%
    of cancer patients visited the emergency department in the last 2 weeks of life in 2012
  • 361,991
    unique patients were screened for symptom severity using ESAS in 2015, representing 60% of patients
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In my words

Having a diagnosis actually helped to reduce my fear because the uncertainty was gone. Not knowing was worse than knowing. With a diagnosis, I could now take productive steps to deal with it. Prior to a diagnosis I felt like I was floundering and not moving in any clear direction.

Debbie K.
Patient/Family Advisor

The diagnosis is when cancer is first identified. Determining how much cancer there is and the location of the cancer – staging – helps the oncologist determine the best course of treatment for a patient.

For further information, see also : www.cancercare.on.ca/pcs/diagnosis/

button for primary care
button for recovery survivorship
button for prevention button for screening button for diagnosis button for treatment
End-Of-Life Care
Psychosocial and Palliative Care
Click the graphic above to explore the CSQI through the patient journey.

Text description of the Cancer Journey diagram

The figure is a flow chart with 6 square boxes linked by arrows, and two rectangular boxes spanning the square boxes.

  1. Prevention
    1. forward to Screening
  2. Screening
    1. forward to Diagnosis
  3. Diagnosis
    1. forward to Treatment
  4. Treatment
    1. forward to Recovery/Survivorship
    2. forward to End-of-Life Care
  5. Recovery/Survivorship
    1. backward to Treatment
  6. End-of-Life Care
  7. Primary Care
    1. Spans all parts of the cancer journey (boxes 1 through 6)
  8. Psychosocial and Palliative Care
    1. Spans Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery/Survivorship and End-of-Life Care