Approaches to High-Risk, Resource Intensive Cancer Surgical Care in Canada

Approaches to High-Risk, Resource Intensive Cancer Surgical Care in Canada
The Approaches to High-Risk, Resource Intensive Cancer Surgical Care in Canada report looks at the organization of complex cancer surgeries in Canada. The report provides an objective analysis and discussion about the distribution of, and approaches to, high-risk, resource intensive cancer surgical procedures for esophageal, pancreatic, liver, lung and ovarian cancers in Canada.

Released: November 12, 2015

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has released two new, disease-site specific, national surgical standards

The Pan-Canadian Standards for Thoracic Surgery and Pan-Canadian Standards for Gynecologic Oncology are Canada’s first evidence-based, comprehensive national standards for thoracic surgery and gynecologic oncology.

Why were these developed?

The standards were developed in response to tremendous variability in how each province delivers cancer care services, as demonstrated in the 2015 report, Approaches to High-Risk, Resource Intensive Cancer Surgical Care in Canada (can be accessed above).

What is the purpose of the standards?

The standards serve as a decision-making resource to support the delivery of consistent, high-quality care to all Canadians requiring surgical cancer care. The standards aim to provide high-level guidance and discussion on the foundational resources and requirements needed to improve surgical cancer care and patient outcomes and are intended to be adapted to local health systems.

What is addressed in the standards?

Both reports emphasize a number of key areas, including training and certification of surgeons, human resource requirements to ensure timely access to care, the availability of required equipment and services, quality assurance processes and measurement capabilities. The development of these standards was informed by environmental scans, a literature review and expert consensus.

Last updated: March 23, 2018