The 2019 conference of the Programme québécois de cancérologie (PQC) “Collaborative networking to vanquish cancer” took place on November 22. St. Mary’s Hospital Center was among the 2019 Oncology Award 2019 recipients for its program aimed at optimizing symptom management in cancer treatment. The program was funded by the Rossy Cancer Network (RCN)—a partnership between McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and St. Mary’s Hospital Center, along with the McGill University Health Centre and the Jewish General Hospital.
The program uses a dedicated cancer care telephone triage line as well as an urgent care centres for oncology patients. It is aimed at cancer patients with fever symptoms. Before this project was launched, those patients went to the Emergency Room. Now they can speak directly with a nurse by calling the telephone triage line. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, they may be directed to a clinic or the Emergency Room. This program ensures patients have quicker access to care that directly addresses the needs of cancer patients.
Congratulations to the entire team!