Today, a refreshed version of Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control was released to the public. Over 7,500 Canadians, including healthcare leaders, informed five priorities to improve cancer care in our country in the next decade.
The Strategy will focus on driving change in urgent areas and facing important challenges. They will have five main priorities:
- Decrease the risk of people getting cancer
- Diagnose cancer faster, accurately and at an earlier stage
- Deliver high-quality care in a sustainable, world-class system
- Eliminate barriers to people getting the care they need
- Deliver information and supports for people living with cancer, families, and caregivers
This initiative was developed as part of a collaborative process with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis advisors, communities, governments, and organizations engaged from all parts of Canada. This process ensures that separate, respectful, and Peoples-specific priorities and challenges are understood and reflected in the refreshed Strategy.
The First Nations, Inuit, and Métis also developed 3 Peoples-specific priorities, in addition to the above five objectives.
- Culturally-appropriate care closer to home
- Peoples-specific, self-determined cancer care
- First Nations-, Inuit-, or Métis-governed research and data systems
This 10-year plan hopes to improve equity in the cancer system and deliver world-class cancer care to all Canadians, while focusing on a sustainable healthcare system for the future.