Patients & Families
Patients and Families
NS Cancer Services

Cancer Care Nova Scotia is working to enhance and improve cancer services for all Nova Scotians. Cancer treatment is provided by the province's nine District Health Authorities and the IWK Health Centre for Women and Children. Primary Care professionals (Family Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Family Practice Nurses) also play a key role in the care of cancer patients and their families.

In Nova Scotia, there are two cancer treatment centres. The Nova Scotia Cancer Centre is part of the Capital Health Cancer Care Program at the VG site of the QEII Hospital in Halifax. The Cape Breton Cancer Centre is located at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney. In addition, the IWK Health Centre for Women and Children provides services for pediatric cancer patients and some women's cancers.

Satellite oncology clinics are in a number of hospitals throughout Nova Scotia so patients can have their cancer treatment closer to home: 
    • The Capital Health Cancer Care Program supports satellite clinics at the Valley 
      Regional Hospital, Kentville, the Yarmouth Regional Hospital and the Aberdeen 
      Hospital, New Glasgow. 
    • The Cape Breton Cancer Centre supports satellite clinics at St. Martha's 
      Regional Hospital, Antigonish and the Inverness Consolidated Memorial 
      Hospital.

Some patients, regardless of where they live, may still require referral to Halifax based on their diagnosis. They may have some or all of their care delivered at the Capital Health Cancer Care Program. Examples include patients who have blood, head and neck, brain or gynecological cancers.

In addition to the services offered at the Cancer Centres, and the satellite oncology clinics, chemotherapy is available at most hospitals in Nova Scotia. Every effort will be made to arrange for you to have your chemotherapy as close to your home, as safely possible.

The decision about where a patient receives care is based on the individual patient’s needs. The decision is based on such things as: the kind and extent of cancer a patient has and the suggested treatment.

If you are being treated at the Capital Health Cancer Care Program in Halifax or one of their satellite clinics: 
    • View the directions to the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in Halifax 
    • View information about your treatment

If you are being treated at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney or one of their satellite clinics: 
    •View the directions to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney 
    • View information about your treatment