In late March, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) released its fourth Ontario Cancer Plan, OCP IV. The plan is a four-year roadmap that sets the direction for how CCO will work with its partners to reduce the risk of Ontarians developing cancer while improving the quality of life, quality of care and quality treatment for current and future cancer patients.
The plan outlines how CCO, regional cancer programs, regional partners and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will work together to develop and deliver cancer services over the next four years.
And, for the first time, patients and families were at the planning table at every stage of developing OCP IV, providing valuable insight that can only come from personal experience.
Six key themes have been identified as goals for the Ontario Cancer Plan IV: quality of life and patient experience, safety, equity, effectiveness, integrated care, and sustainability.
The six goals cut across the cancer care continuum, so that no matter what stage a person is at with regards to prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivorship or end-of-life care, their needs will be addressed by the goals and initiatives in the Ontario Cancer Plan IV.
Over the next few months, the South East region will create a regional plan that complements the provincial OCP IV. For more information about OCP IV, please visit ocp.cancercare.on.ca.