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Survivorship Care: Colorectal Cancer Survivors

Key findings

The percentage of colorectal cancer survivors who had at least 1 colonoscopy within 18 months of initial surgery remained fairly consistent from 2012 to 2016, ranging from 73.2% to 75.6% for survivors from 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Why is this important to Ontarians?

  • As many cancer treatments improve and survival rates increase, the number of people living beyond their cancer treatment will continue to grow.
  • Following treatment, some patients experience late and long-term effects of treatment, cancer recurrence or new cancers.
  • These events need to be addressed and appropriate care provided for all cancer survivors.

See Survivorship Care: Colorectal Cancer Survivors Methodology for technical information.

Report date: April 2019
Data source: Ontario Cancer Registry, Cancer Activity Level Reporting, Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, Ontario Health Insurance Plan
Prepared by: Analytics and Informatics, Cancer Care Ontario
Notes: Only incident malignant colorectal cancer cases diagnosed on or after April 1, 2006 are included.

Figure 1. Percentage of colorectal cancer survivors with at least 1 colonoscopy within 18 months of initial surgery
Colorectal cancer survivor cohort and year Percentage (%)
2012 74.2
2013 73.2
2014 74.5
2015 75.6
2016 74.2

Report date: April 2019
Data source: Ontario Cancer Registry, Cancer Activity Level Reporting, Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, Ontario Health Insurance Plan
Prepared by: Analytics and Informatics, Cancer Care Ontario
Notes: Only incident malignant colorectal cancer cases diagnosed on or after April 1, 2006 are included.

Results

  • The majority of colorectal cancer survivors received a colonoscopy following their first surgery.
  • The percentage of colorectal cancer survivors who had at least 1 colonoscopy within 18 months of initial surgery remained fairly consistent from 2012 to 2016, ranging from 73.2% to 75.6% for survivors from 2013 and 2015, respectively.
  • In the most recent data available, 74.2% of colorectal cancer patients who became survivors in 2016 had received at least 1 colonoscopy within 18 months of initial surgery.

Opportunities

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References

  1. Choosing wisely in cancer control across Canada - a set of baseline indicators. Current Oncology [Internet]. 2017 June [cited 2019, April 09]; 24(3): 201-206. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5486386/pdf/conc-24-201.pdf
  2. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. 2018 Cancer System Performance Report [Internet]. (2018) [cited 2019, April 09]. Available from https://www.systemperformance.ca/disease-sites/prostate/treatment/prostate-patterns-of-care-radiation-and-surgical-treatment/#!figures