World Cancer Day – Not Beyond Us

February 4th is World Cancer Day. The internationally recognized campaign focuses on raising awareness for the prevention and treatment of all forms of cancer. Taking place under the tagline “Not Beyond Us”, the 2015 event highlights the wide variety of treatments available to patients and celebrates the research being done to develop new forms of prevention, screening and treatment.

Cancer is responsible for 30% of deaths in Canada – the leading cause according to the Canadian Cancer Society. It is also a complex group of more than 200 individual diseases. Treating cancer requires support, expert knowledge and skill from across all areas of the health system including public health, family physicians, oncologists, nurses, and pharmacists.

In Ontario, the provincial agency Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is tasked with monitoring and improving cancer services across the province. CCO organizes treatment through a network of 14 cancer centres aligned with the 14 local health integration networks. These regional cancer centres are responsible for implementing provincial standards and programs for cancer care and responding to local issues, coordinating care across health care providers, and working to continually improve access to care, wait times and quality. 

The Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Centre is located within Grand River Hospital. Since 2003, the centre has provided radiation therapy to more than 7,300 patients and chemotherapy to more than 9,200 patients. They have also hosted 50 clinical trials involving approximately 500 patients. The Centre is also the largest provider of treatment and cancer surgery and is the sole provider of radiation therapy in the region.

In 2014, 73,532 people in Ontario were diagnosed with cancer - 3,940 of those people were Waterloo Wellington residents. Each of those patients has a unique story. Diane Eastbury has been receiving cancer treatment at Grand River since 1995 and in this video she speaks to the remarkable improvements that have been made to the cancer centre over the years.

The Grand River Cancer center is commitment to continuous improvement in the way patients experience care and Diane’s story is a testament to that commitment.

For more information on cancer care services in Waterloo Wellington, please contact:

Grand River Regional Cancer Centre - http://www.grhosp.on.ca/AboutGRCC