Statistics show that fewer people are dying from major cancers across Canada. Despite this, statistics regarding survival rates for primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC) are heading in the wrong direction. An estimated 2,500 new cases of liver cancer are diagnosed, with an estimated 1,200 deaths occurring annually, according to data from the 2017 Canadian Cancer Society report.
In response to these alarming statistics, the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) developed a new information platform to offer a voice for liver cancer patients and caregivers across Canada.
Released today, to coincide with Liver Cancer Awareness Month the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network Liver Cancer Survey report provides insights gathered from liver cancer patients and caregivers from across Canada. Patients reported trouble with accessing their treatment due to travel costs and waiting times, as well as lack of access to mental health services. Caregivers cited issues with exhaustion, guilt and feelings of isolation in caring for their loved one with liver cancer.
CCSN will also host a free webinar on October 4th, 2018 entitled “Liver Cancer 101: Causes, Treatments, Innovations and Access”. This webinar will be presented by a panel of medical professionals and a liver cancer patient survivor.