The Quebec Cancer Foundation (QCF) and Colorectal Cancer Canada (CCC) are joining forces to expand and consolidate their support for people living with cancer.

Each year, over 25,000 individuals are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Canada. It is estimated that by 2021, it will be the third most diagnosed cancer in the country.

Anyone facing this disease needs to be informed and supported by experienced oncology professionals. This need is all the more serious today, given the alarming decline in colonoscopies as a result of the pandemic. According to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the number of colonoscopies has dropped by nearly 30% compared to the previous year.

“We get a lot of calls from people who are worried about going for the tests” says Francine Koenig, a nurse clinician at the Info-cancer Hotline. “Many people think they can wait. But that could cause a bottleneck.”

The decrease in screening will lead to an increase in late cancer detection in the coming years. Faced with this prospect, “The Quebec Cancer Foundation and Colorectal Cancer Canada have committed to working hand in hand not only to raise awareness about the importance of regular screening, but also to provide concrete support to those diagnosed and to their loved ones. Thanks to this agreement, Colorectal Cancer Canada will be able to redirect people with colorectal cancer directly to the FQC's Info-cancer Hotline” says FQC Director General Marco Décelles.

The Quebec Cancer Foundation offers the most extensive expertise in supporting people with cancer through the Info-cancer Hotline, one of the only hotlines in Quebec though which experienced oncology nurses, nutritionists and psychologists answer patients' questions and concerns, as well as direct them to a range of programs and services designed to support them through their ordeal. For its part, Colorectal Cancer Canada is dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about the prevention and treatment of this disease.

By joining forces, the two organizations are realizing their common desire to improve the well-being of Quebecers with cancer and their loved ones.

“We are very pleased to partner with the FQC to further our goals of providing more essential support to colorectal cancer patients throughout Quebec. By pooling our resources, Quebec patients and their caregivers will be better supported. Together, we will be able to respond to a wider range of needs. We look forward to working closely with the FQC to meet the needs of all colon and rectal cancer patients” says Barry D. Stein, President and CEO of Colorectal Cancer Canada.

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