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It makes you appreciate your loved ones and your quality of life, and you tend to start concentrating on those things more...

Having this diagnosis is a life experience that no-one should have to go through, says Nancy Ridgway, who knows only too well how devastating it is to be told you have cancer.

In an instant, everything changed for Ridgway when she got the news. At first, she was very mad and very afraid. But as she met with oncologists, radiologists and other caregivers, the anxiety subsided, or at least became manageable.

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I would tell someone just diagnosed to take a breath because it will get easier.

I have an amazing family – mother, father, brother and sister – they have been with me for every chemotherapy session and surgery. When we told my children, my entire family was there. We said, Mum has cancer and she's going to beat it. That was the only time there were tears.

I would tell someone just diagnosed to take a breath because it will get easier. There is so much assistance for us and there are so many people, doctors, nurses, family and friends, willing to help.

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What we have realized at Cancer Care Ontario is that quality improvement occurs locally.

The surgical oncology program at CCO has two main components: access to care and access to quality care.

The whole concept of access to quality care is to do it better. This can mean a range of things including improved satisfaction for the patient, better outcomes, improved survival, less complications, better margin resection rates, and improved lymph nodes retrieval rates for colorectal cancer.

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My advice to people is stop smoking and don’t be around second-hand smoke.

About 3 to 4 years ago, I went to the bathroom and found blood in my urine. I went to my family doctor, who sent me to the urologist. The specialist did some tests and that is when I found out that I had cancer in my bladder.

The feeling was one where I couldn't believe it…I had cancer in by bladder. I asked my doctor where it came from and he said it was from the smoking. I didn't think I could get bladder cancer from smoking. But I did.

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Ultimately, I am responsible for the quality and performance of the program.

Within our region, the colonoscopy network is a great example of maximizing partnerships. In the past, our region has performed poorly in terms of access for screening colonoscopy due to underutilized time in hospitals for endoscopy. By working collaboratively with all the surgeons, gastroenterologists and hospitals we were able to maximize and optimize the time. Today, patients screened through our regional network have some of the best access times in the province.

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Primary Care Engagement

 
  Once we had a game-plan going, I was able to relax a little.”
- Nancy Ridgway
  There are so many people, doctors, nurses, family and friends, willing to help.”
- Tina Radoslav
  The quality of care initiative is about doing it better for patients.”
- Dr. Jon Irish
  I asked my doctor where it came from and he said it was from the smoking.”
- Theo Dosis
  Today, patients screened through our regional network have some of the best access times in the province.”
- Dr. Craig McFadyen

Strengthening our partnership with primary care providers

Primary care providers play a key role in the patient’s journey with cancer. They are particularly well positioned to:

  • encourage patients to adopt healthier lifestyles that will prevent cancer;
  • encourage patients to participate in early detection and screening programs;
  • make earlier diagnosis and appropriate referrals;
  • support patients undergoing treatment; and
  • provide high-quality follow-up care after cancer treatment.

Over the next four years, our Primary Care Strategy will expand to enable improved cancer care throughout the cancer journey, from prevention and screening to end-of-life care and survivorship.


Dr. Sandy Buchman on the role of Primary Care

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Providing tools and support to improve quality of care

A number of initiatives are designed to ensure that primary care providers have the tools and support they need to play a more active role as this cancer plan is implemented. These initiatives aim to improve the quality of care provided to patients at risk or with cancer during prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment and care following cancer. 

  • Developing regional primary care cancer leadership networks to spread best practices
  • Forming a provincial primary care and cancer “Community of Practice” to test and refine new quality improvement initiatives
  • Recruiting regional family physician leads for prevention, screening, diagnostic assessment, treatment and survivorship
  • Establishing nurse practitioner and Aboriginal primary care leads networks