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Northeastern Ontario gets top marks for cancer care

Region is first in the province for utilization of radiation treatment
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Rose Boyer and Heather Petryna, Radiation Therapists at the Northeast Cancer Centre. (Supplied)

New data shows Northeastern Ontario is at the top of the list for cancer care results. 

The region is first in the province for utilization of radiation treatment, symptom screening and breast cancer screening. The Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI) for the past year has been released. It measures cancer care results across Ontario in a number of key indicators.

Northeastern Ontario had the best results in the province for providing access to radiation treatment at any time during a patient’s illness. This translates into more patients having access to radiation treatment when needed throughout their cancer journey.     

The Northeast Cancer Centre received a high grade for the screening of symptoms at least once per month at cancer centre visits. Managing patients’ symptoms during their cancer journey through supportive care is a high priority for the cancer centre. 

Northeastern Ontario also had more positive results than the provincial average in breast screening for women between the ages of 50-72, who were recommended a two–year screening recall when the screening was performed through Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) sites across the northeast.

And finally, Northeastern Ontario achieved top-five status in Ontario for the post-surgical turnaround time for biopsy (pathology) test results and tobacco screening for new cancer patients.



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