Care Close to Home

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) wants to provide cancer care as close to where patients live as is safely and sustainably possible.


Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey and Provincial Cancer Program Senior Medical Director Dr. Drew Bethune, together with Cancer Program Senior Director Margaret Ann Morrison and others from NSHA and the Department of Health and Wellness, met with staff and community stakeholders in Yarmouth on Wednesday (January 30th) to share the Yarmouth Area Cancer Services Review report, recommendations and next steps.

Over the last year-and-a-half, a Steering Committee of cancer health professionals, cancer program leadership, Western

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) wants to provide cancer care as close to where patients live as is safely and sustainably possible.


Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey and Provincial Cancer Program Senior Medical Director Dr. Drew Bethune, together with Cancer Program Senior Director Margaret Ann Morrison and others from NSHA and the Department of Health and Wellness, met with staff and community stakeholders in Yarmouth on Wednesday (January 30th) to share the Yarmouth Area Cancer Services Review report, recommendations and next steps.

Over the last year-and-a-half, a Steering Committee of cancer health professionals, cancer program leadership, Western Zone patients/public and administrators from Yarmouth and Halifax guided a thorough review, with a focus on patient and community engagement.

The review looked at the feasibility and sustainability of adding radiation therapy services in Yarmouth, and also considered other supports to improve access to care for patients when they need to travel for specialty treatment.

Working groups gathered information including:

  • Patient and community input (through meetings, focus groups, and surveys)
  • Cancer statistics to understand the number of patients who would benefit from having radiation therapy services available in Yarmouth
  • Information from other provinces
  • Cost estimates to design and build appropriate space and purchase and maintain equipment
  • Size, makeup, and budget of the clinical team that would be needed
  • Other cancer priorities and needs across the province

The information above was shared and discussed during a day-long deliberative engagement session in Yarmouth on June 13, 2018. Fifteen participants, who were chosen to include all perspectives, including patients and community representatives from Yarmouth, voted 12-2 (one non-voting participant) in favour of developing a bundle of services and supports to ease the burden of travel for patients instead of building and operating a radiation therapy service in Yarmouth.

The Steering Committee endorsed this recommendation and recommended developing joint NSHA/DHW a working group with patient and public representatives from the Yarmouth area to consider what those enhancements could look like.

The full report can be viewed here.

https://www.nshealth.ca/yarmouthcancerreview

We will continue to provide available updates and engage you in this important work going forward.

Thank you.

  • CLOSED: Thank you for your interest in Care Closer to Home. This survey has concluded. if you have comments or questions please contact us at cancercareinfo@nshealth.ca

    This review includes gathering and studying data and asking patients and families what they think about cancer services in Yarmouth and area.  We have four patient/ public advisors as members on the Steering Review Committee. We have talked to community leaders in Yarmouth. We have heard from 24 patients and family members during recent focus groups held in Yarmouth.

    Now, we want to hear from you! The survey deadline is April 6, 2018.

    This review includes gathering and studying data and asking patients and families what they think about cancer services in Yarmouth and area.  We have four patient/ public advisors as members on the Steering Review Committee. We have talked to community leaders in Yarmouth. We have heard from 24 patients and family members during recent focus groups held in Yarmouth.

    Now, we want to hear from you! The survey deadline is April 6, 2018.

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