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Cancer becoming a chronic condition for Canadian patients: Survivor group

Written by: QMI Agency
Jun. 24, 2014

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Most Canadians are largely unaware of the impact cancer has on a patient even after treatment, a new poll has found.

A survey of 1,014 adult Canadians found respondents believe only 47% of cancer patients survive longer than five years. As well, 70% admitted they don't know how long side-effects last, and guessed between a few days to months.

But Canadian Cancer Survivor Network president and CEO Jackie Manthorne said side-effects can last for years and cancer is becoming a chronic condition.

She noted 63% of Canadian cancer patients live longer than five years after diagnosis, and that figure jumps to 81% for those who survive the first year.

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"We need to make sure that people are aware of this change, and that our system adapts to meet the long-term needs of people throughout their cancer journey," Manthorne said in a press release.

The online poll was conducted May 9-12 using Angus Reid forum panellists. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

 

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