Cancer Transition Study:

Experiences of Cancer Patients in Transition

Did you receive a survey in the mail?

When cancer treatment ends, patients and survivors transition from specialty oncology care back to their family doctor. This transition is often met with questions about what happens next, what changes, and where to go to seek help. That's why CancerCare Manitoba is working with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and provincial cancer agencies across the country to improve the experiences of people transitioning out of the cancer care system after treatment.

Individuals who have been diagnosed and treated for cancer have first-hand experiences of the kinds of supports patients need. As part of the Experiences of Cancer Patients in Transition study, a random sample of cancer patients and survivors who completed their treatment in the past one to three years will be invited to share their experiences of the support and care they received after they completed treatment. CancerCare Manitoba wants to provide the best possible services to our patients. To improve, we need to know what we are doing right and what may need to change. We depend on you to keep us informed. Your opinions matter to us. The anonymous survey responses will help inform recommendations to improve the way care is provided between cancer care and other sectors of the health care system providing follow-up and supportive care. The survey results may also inform future work to ensure that people have a more seamless experience transitioning out of the cancer care system after completing treatment, ultimately improving quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

Ten provinces are participating in this study in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Study partners include the British Columbia Ministry of Health, BC Cancer Agency, CancerControl Alberta, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, CancerCare Manitoba, Cancer Care Ontario, Ministére de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, Institute de la statistique du Québec, New Brunswick Cancer Network, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Health PEI and Eastern Health Cancer Care Program. The survey is being conducted by Ipsos, a global research firm with extensive experience in the health sector.

We would appreciate you taking time to complete the questionnaire and return it in the postage-paid enveloped provided as soon as possible. If you are unable to respond for yourself, a relative or friend may respond on your behalf. Alternatively, the questionnaire may be completed online by following the instructions in the letter accompanying the questionnaire.

Although we have done our very best to prevent the questionnaire being sent to someone in error, please accept our sincere apology if this is the case. Please contact Epidemiology and Cancer Registry toll-free at 1-877-787-1272 if you wish to be removed from the contact list for this study and/or future similar studies. If at any time you would like to speak to a CCMB Patient Representative, please feel free to call 204-787-2065.

Thank-you for your time and help. Your effort will help us provide better care to all our patients.