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Celebrating Excellence
Have you nominatNews and Notesed someone for a CCNS Excellence Award yet? Cancer Care Nova Scotia will recognize leadership, innovative practice, and excellence in patient care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and families. This year there will be two awards in the excellence in patient care category: one to recognize health professional contributions and one to recognize the value role of volunteers. The deadline for nominations is April 27, 2012. Visit the CCNS Excellence Awards page or call 1-866-599-2267 for details.

Readership survey results are in!
Thanks to the 238 readers who took time to complete our newsletter readership survey. Fifty-three per cent of respondents were health professionals; 36 per cent were cancer survivors; and 11 per cent were interested members of the public.

Twenty-nine per cent of respondents read both the print and electronic newsletters. Forty-four per cent of respondents like the current format including the abbreviated print version with the full story available electronically. However, 56 percent indicated that a change in format might be appropriate: 23 per cent suggested discontinuing with the print and focusing instead on an electronic newsletter; 28 per cent suggested there is value in producing it less than six times a year with more information and five per cent suggested producing it more often than six times a year.

The top three cancer-related topics, in order of priority, include: information on new drugs and therapies; cancer news in Nova Scotia, Canada and Internationally; and profiles on cancer specialists within the Nova Scotia cancer system.

Thanks again to all who responded. We will work to incorporate your ideas and suggestions as we move forward.