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Cancer operations canceled because of load shedding, “it’s starting” in Quebec | Coronavirus

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It all starts with an email from Dominique, the spouse of Anne-Marie Simard:

priority. Today she finds herself in nothingness. It’s stressful, she says. Will it be in a month? In six months?

Everything was planned and calculated, she explains, timing is very important”,”text”:”the is very important”}}’>the timing is very important. She completed her chemotherapy treatment in mid-December. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, she did radiotherapy to eliminate metastases in her lungs.

I no longer have the effect of the chemo on my body, so the more the weeks go by, the more it can spread again in my body, she says, worried. Stretching this out, if the metas start to spread again, maybe I won’t be operable.

Maybe I’ll pass because of it […] It’s frustrating to see that half of the people hospitalized are unvaccinated. It’s frustrating that the rest of us pay for it.

A quote from Anne-Marie Simard, 41 years old, suffering from colorectal cancer

The McGill University Health Center (MUHC), where Anne-Marie is to be operated on, did not want to comment on a particular case. MUHC continue to about 50% in most areas on adult sites”,”text”:”Currently, surgical activities of the continue at approximately 50% in most areas on adult sites”}}’>Currently, the surgical activities of the McGill University Health Center continue at about 50% in most areas at adult sites, says the head of the communications department, Gilda Salomone.

This system allows us to identify patients in need of urgent surgeries, including cardiac and oncology surgeries, and all those that can be performed are.”,”text”:”A prioritization committee is in place to ensure to properly analyze the situation of each waiting patient, explains the spokesperson. “This system allows us to identify patients in need of urgent surgeries, including heart and oncology surgeries, and any that can be performed are.”}}”>A prioritization committee is in place to ensure that the situation of each waiting patient is properly analyzed, explains the spokesperson. “This system allows us to identify patients in need of urgent surgeries, including heart and oncology surgeries, and any that can be done are done.

A medical source at McGill University Health Center confirms that operations for cancers are indeed canceled and that the teams strive to treat the cases one after the other, starting from the most serious.

very concerning, say oncologists

There are starting to be reports that vary from one institution to another, confirms the president of the Association of Hematologists and Oncologists of Quebec, Martin Champagne.

This situation will become present in the coming weeks. It is very worrying, he adds.

Martin Champagne, President of the Association of Hematologist Oncologist Physicians of Quebec

Martin Champagne, President of the Association of Hematologist Oncologist Physicians of Quebec

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Martin Champagne explains that the growing difficulties are of two kinds for cancer operations. First, the need to provide a safe environment for immunocompromised individuals in hospitals experiencing outbreaks may delay access for these patients. Then there is the challenge of accessibility to technical platforms and beds in the current context.

As of January 1, 2022, a total of 3,845 patients were waiting for cancer surgery, according to data from the Quebec Ministry of Health.

With increasing delays, there is a price to pay. It is expected that there will be an increase in cancer mortality for several years.

A quote from Martin Champagne, President of the Association of Hematologists and Oncologists of Quebec

Even before the fifth wave of COVID-19 hit, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) found that cancer screening dropped 25-35% with the pandemic.

Patients whose symptoms do eventually manifest will be much sicker and more resources will be needed to treat them. And the outcome, for them, is likely to be more serious than if they had been treated earlier, explained the AMC.

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