Review Of Cancer Care Services Expected To Be Complete This Summer

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:45 PM

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The medical director of the Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program is in Yarmouth today.

Dr. Drew Bethune arrived yesterday and will hold a full-day discussion today with 15 stakeholders, including three patient advisers and cancer health professionals from Yarmouth and Halifax.

It's part of a review into cancer care services, looking into the viability of providing radiation treatment in Yarmouth.

It was launched last fall by the Nova Scotia Health Authority after a group was formed calling for radiation treatment to be offered at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

It was launched last fall by the Nova Scotia Health Authority after a group was formed calling for radiation treatment to be offered at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

The Western Nova Scotia Cancer Support Network has nearly 19,000 members.

Dr. Bethune says the process has been extensive.

"These are very difficult questions and we have spent months planning the process. We have a medical ethicist guiding us. We hope to have a report ready to send to government sometime this summer."

943 Nova Scotians completed surveys and 24 people from Yarmouth participated in two focus groups as part of the review.