CCSN’s Questions to Parties & Candidates

Dear Candidate:

Over 191,300 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer every year, including 900 people in Prince Edward Island. Approximately 370 Islanders die of cancer each year. Clearly, this life-threatening illness affects entire communities, especially families, friends and co-workers.

The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) is a national network of patients, families, survivors, friends, families, community partners and sponsors. Its mission is to work together by taking action to promote the very best standard of care, support, follow up and quality of life for patients and survivors. It aims to educate the public and policy makers about cancer survivorship and encourage research on ways to alleviate barriers to optimal cancer care in Canada.

The government of Prince Edward Island has an important role to play in making sure that everyone diagnosed with cancer has timely access to cancer care and essential medical services as well as access to emergency rooms and the treatment and medications they need.

We invite you to respond to the following questions related to cancer care and healthcare in Prince Edward Island. Your responses will be circulated to cancer patients and survivors in Prince Edward Island, included on our website, www.survivornet.ca, and posted on our social media.

Question 1

The Canadian Medical Association Journal published research in 2012 that showed one in ten Canadians report they skip doses or decide not to fill prescriptions because of cost, with the second highest incidence of cost non adherence happening in the Atlantic Provinces.[1]

If elected to government, what will your party do to make prescription medications more affordable?

Question 2

A key element of ensuring timely treatment for a cancer patient is ensuring they have access to the medications they need at the time they need them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in Prince Edward Island.

If elected to government, will you:

a)      Commit to ensuring that all cancer patients in Prince Edward Island receive timely access to medications at the time they need it?

b)      Undertake negotiations leading to regional collaboration to ensure timely patient access to cancer drugs?

Question 3

Many Islanders are concerned about the link between cancer and pesticide use in the agricultural industry. If elected to government, what will your party do to address this issue?

We thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Yours sincerely,

Jackie Manthorne
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Cancer Survivor Network

[1] http://www.cmaj.ca/content/184/3/297.full.pdf+html?sid=e22b2cf9-8516-4a8d-88f0-d24cf47971d4