It is estimated that every day 500 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer, which proves fatal for 200 people.[i] And the number of cancer deaths is expected to increase in the coming years as the Canadian population ages.[ii] The reports main findings include:
- Nearly half (45%) of cancer deaths occur in acute care hospitals.
- The number of patients who die in acute care can be significantly reduced as many patients were admitted to acute care to meet palliative care needs.
- A large percentage of study participants were admitted to acute care multiple times or visited the emergency room at least once.
- Largely, overly aggressive treatments, like chemotherapy, were not administered in acute care settings and most patients were given a palliative care diagnosis.
This report has garnered significant media interest since its release at the end of April. Please find an overview of media pickup below.
- Work needed to improve end-of-life care, report suggests, Andre Picard, The Globe and Mail
- Many terminal cancer patients want more end-of-life options: study, CTV News
- Half of terminal cancer patients die in hospital, report says, CBC News
- Hospital last place most want to die, but almost half of cancer patients do, report finds, The Vancouver Sun
- About 45% of cancer deaths are in hospital, The Calgary Herald
To view the original report, please click here.