Beginning of Treatments
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is extremely difficult and it is perfectly normal for people to want to act fast when they receive the news. Having to wait for services, test results and the start of treatments can be very stressful.
The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec (MSSS) has made timely access to care and services one of its policy priorities.
In its 2016-2017 Action Plan, the Direction générale de cancérologie states that:
“Access to medical services within a reasonable time frame is essential to ensure the health, quality of life and survival of people with cancer. The cancer care and service continuum must be organized in a way that promotes better access to screening tests, investigations, diagnoses and curative or palliative treatments.”
To learn more about the objectives and actions taken to improve accessibility to cancer care and services, consult the Plan d’action en cancérologie 2016-2017 (in French only).