• 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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By Quality Dimension


Each indicator is a specific measurement of progress against one of seven dimensions of quality. These quality dimensions were adopted by Cancer Care Ontario to help us focus our efforts in improving the cancer system.

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Avoiding, preventing, and ameliorating adverse outcomes or injuries caused by healthcare management. (Source: OECD/Baker)

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Providing care and ensuring health status does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics (gender, ethnicity, geographic location, socioeconomic status, age). (Source: IOM)

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Providing services based on scientific knowledge to all who could benefit. (Source: IOM)

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Coordinating health services across the various functions, activities and operating units of a system. (Source: Gillies et al.)

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Making health services available in the most suitable setting in a reasonable time and distance. (Source: Alberta HQC)

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Optimally using resources to achieve desired outcomes. (Source: Alberta HQC)

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Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions. (Source: IOM)