May 16, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Health Care Improving for Cancer Patients in Mississauga Halton / Central West Regional Cancer Program
New Report Shows Ongoing Progress
MISSISSAUGA ON May 16, 2012 – The Mississauga Halton / Central West Regional Cancer Program continues to perform well in Ontario’s cancer system, according to the annual Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI) report released today by the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario.
“After nearly a decade of public reporting, we continue to look forward to and value the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario’s annual report as it provides us with the measurement necessary to guide us as we continue to improve the quality of services we provide for cancer patients in the Mississauga Halton and Central West regions,” said Dr. Sheldon Fine, Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice President and Chief of Oncology at the Credit Valley Hospital (CVH) site of The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre.
The Mississauga Halton / Central West Regional Cancer Program is housed at the Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre at CVH.
This year’s CSQI highlights that the Mississauga Halton / Central West Regional Cancer Program is a provincial leader in the areas of wait times for radiation treatment (ready to treat to start of treatment only) and wait times for systemic treatment (referral to consult only). Systemic treatments affect the entire body and include chemotherapy, hormone therapy and supportive care treatment.
The Central West region is a strong performer in the area of margin status for prostate and rectal cancer surgery. Margin status refers to the presence of cancer cells at the edge (margin) of a cancer specimen that has been removed during surgery. The goal is to have a negative margin, which means there are no cancer cells. Margin status is a strong measure of the consistency of quality in surgical care. The Mississauga Halton region is a provincial leader in providing outstanding access to specialist consultations and systemic therapy is one of the best in the province.
Outstanding access to treatment and high quality care directly impact the Mississauga Halton / Central West Regional Cancer Program’s survival rates for patients with breast, lung, prostate and colorectal cancer, which are among the highest in the province.
The CSQI report also indicates that more needs to be done in the Mississauga Halton / Central West Regional Cancer Program to improve participation in screening for breast, cervical and colorectal screening. Additionally, the program intends to improve psychosocial support for patients throughout their entire cancer journey.
“At Cancer Care Ontario our vision is to work with our partners to create the best health systems in the world. A great deal has been achieved in improving quality, performance and access to care within the cancer system for the people of Ontario,” said Michael Sherar, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. “This year’s CSQI highlights an opportunity for us to increase our efforts in prevention of cancer, and to drive the delivery of more patient-centred, integrated care while getting greater value from every health dollar we spend to help ensure a sustainable health system for all Ontarians.”
The CSQI is a web-based public reporting tool that serves as a cancer system monitor that enables Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) to track the quality and consistency of all key cancer services delivered across Ontario's cancer system, from prevention through to end-of-life care. It is one of the most comprehensive reports of its kind in the world in terms of its breadth of measurement, jurisdictional comparisons and international benchmarks.
The 2012 CSQI measures a total of 32 indicators. Please visit www.csqi.on.ca to view all the indicators and this year’s full report.
About The Mississauga Halton / Central West Regional Cancer Program
The Mississauga Halton / Central West Regional Cancer Program oversees the delivery and quality of cancer services for residents of both the Central West and the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Networks – including South Etobicoke, Mississauga, Halton Hills, Oakville, Milton, Bolton, Brampton, Caledon, Dufferin County, Malton, Orangeville, Rexdale, Shelburne and Woodbridge. It is one of 13 Regional Cancer Programs created by Cancer Care Ontario in 2005 to ensure cancer care is delivered according to province-wide quality standards. The program is housed in the Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre, located at the Credit Valley site of The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga.