Report from the Ready for the Next Round Thought-Leadership Roundtables on Building Resilience in Cancer Care and Control in Canada-Colorectal Cancer Canada; 2021 Journal Articles uri icon

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  • (1) Background: The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated vulnerabilities in the Canadian health care system and exposed gaps and challenges across the cancer care continuum. Canada is experiencing significant disruptions to cancer-related services, and the impact these disruptions (delays/deferrals/cancellations) have on the health care system and patients are yet to be determined. Given the potential adverse ramifications, how can Canada’s health care systems build resilience for future threats? (2) Methods: To answer this question, CCC facilitated a series of four thought-leadership roundtables, each representing the views of four different stakeholder groups: patients, physicians, health care system leaders, and researchers. (3) Results: Six themes of strength were identified to serve as a springboard for building resilience including, (1) advancing virtual care and digital health technologies to prevent future interruptions in cancer care delivery. (2) developing real-time data metrics, data sharing, and evidence-based decision-making. (3) enhancing public–private-non-profit partnerships to advance research and strengthen connections across the system. (4) advancing patient-centricity in cancer research to drive and encourage precision medicine approaches to care. (5) investing in training and hiring a robust supply of health care human resources. (6) implementing a national strategy and infrastructure to ensure inter-provincial collaborative data sharing (4). Conclusions: A resilient health care system that can respond to shocks and threats is not an emergency system; it is a robust everyday system that can respond to emergencies.


  • Farah, Eliya
  • El Bizri, Maria
  • Day, Radmila
  • Matai, Lavina
  • Horne, Fred
  • Hanna, Timothy P
  • Armstrong, David
  • Marlin, Susan
  • Jérôme, Olivier
  • Brenner, Darren R
  • Cheung, Winson
  • Radvanyi, Laszlo
  • Villalba, Eva
  • Leon, Natalie
  • Cohen, Chana
  • Chalifour, Karine
  • Burkes, Ronald
  • Gill, Sharlene
  • Berry, Scott
  • Sheffield, Brandon S
  • Fralick, Pamela
  • Stein, Barry D

publication date

  • March 7, 2022