Faces of Lung Cancer Report

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First-Ever Survey Shows Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers Face an Overpowering Avalanche of Inequities

Lung Cancer Canada launches the second annual report on Canada’s #1 killer

TORONTO, ON – November 3, 2015 – Lung Cancer Canada has released its second annual report, The Faces of Lung Cancer: One Patient, One Diagnosis, Countless Casualties, an in-depth look at lung cancer today in Canada that places a focus on both patients and their circles-of-care. Providing new perspectives on the country’s deadliest cancer, the report indicates a virtual avalanche that devastates and impacts countless lives and systems in its path. In a disease with low survival rates around the world, Canada is at risk of failing patients and caregivers with obstacles to accessing life-prolonging treatment, limited research investment and inadequate availability of local support services, as well as a concerning lack of compassion for those patients and caregivers struggling with the disease, every day.

Report Highlights:
  • 61% of caregivers reported feeling anxious or stressed compared to 42% of patients.
  • More than half of caregivers (59%) reduce the number of hours they work, and a further 8% quit their jobs to look after a loved one with lung cancer.
  • 50% of caregivers reported a negative impact on their household financial situation.
  • Only 26% of caregivers reported receiving social support services and/or counseling.
  • Lung cancer diagnosis and treatment is unequal based on where Canadians live; access to diagnostic tools and treatments vary province-to-province and even among postal codes.
  • Survivorship in lung cancer is handicapped by late diagnosis.
  • Smoking is on the decline - the majority of Canadians diagnosed with lung cancer today are ex-smokers, and many victims never smoked at all.
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