Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) has published the first-ever Atlas of Childhood Cancer in Ontario. The Atlas looks at patterns and trends of childhood cancer over a 20-year period and reports that Ontario’s children are receiving the best possible care where and when they need it.
For example, the Atlas demonstrates that the overall incidence of cancer in children is not rising in Ontario, and there are no pockets of increased incidence anywhere in the province.
The chapter on survival shows a progressive overall increase in survival rates across all childhood cancers, made possible with intensive and resource intense therapy.
For patients in active treatment, use of health services is hugely increased compared with the general childhood population, and remains more than ten times greater even after treatment ends.
According to Dr. Mark Greenberg, POGO’s Senior Adviser, Policy & Clinical Affairs, “Ontario’s health care system is producing excellent results, and these successes will be sustained if resources and new research are matched to the patterns and trends highlighted in the POGO Atlas.”
The POGO Atlas covers a period from January 1985 to December 2004. POGO hopes to stimulate discussion, debate, policy consideration and relevant research in order to improve our understanding of childhood cancer and the policy and healthcare system in which it is managed.