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Cancer Patient Navigation

The cancer journey is complex, and cancer patients and their families can often feel overwhelmed with information, emotions, decisions and treatment options. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, in collaboration with several health districts, has been successful in providing better support to patients and their loved ones through the Cancer Patient Navigation Program.

Patient navigators (oncology certified nurses) are the backbone of this unique program. They provide a formal link between family physicians and cancer specialists, and they work closely with cancer patients and families to 

  • educate them about their cancer and treatment options 
  • prepare them for appointments with specialists 
  • provide support for emotional, spiritual, financial, transportation and work-related issues 
  • address questions and concerns.

There are now patient navigators available in eight health districts:

  • Annapolis Valley Health Authority District
  • Cape Breton District Health Authority District
  • Colchester East Hants Health Authority District
  • Cumberland Health Authority District
  • Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority District
  • Pictou County Health Authority District
  • South Shore Health District
  • South West Health District


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