Enhancing Patient Transitions from Treatment in a Regional Cancer Centre to Survivorship in the Community

As cancer cases continue to rise across Canada, and improvements in treatment and care result in longer survival times for patients, it is increasingly important to find ways to improve how patients transition from being treated in a regional cancer centre to surviving in the community. This project involved preparing an evidence brief and convening a stakeholder dialogue to identify opportunities for improvement in the current care, financial and organizational arrangements between cancer centres and community programs in the Hamilton region. It is hoped the lessons learned from this demonstration area can inform developments both at the provincial level and in other regions across the province. (Dialogue held April 5, 2011)