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Quality care close to home - Tele-oncology in Eastern NS

"Distance is not a Barrier"

The Cape Breton Cancer Care Tele-oncology Project is getting rave reviews from both rural can2015teleheatlhcer patients and cancer health professionals. Chris Hillier, Medical Dosimetrist and Cape Breton Cancer Centre Project lead credits its early success to “having the right people at the right table” all working toward the common goal of improving cancer care for rural patients in Eastern Nova Scotia.

The Cape Breton Cancer Centre serves patients in the eastern end of province as far as Antigonish. About 40 per cent live in rural areas and until recently, all patients had to travel up to three hours for medical appointments related to cancer treatment.
Today, thanks to the Cape Breton Cancer Care Tele-oncology Project, many rural patients, who live more than one hour from Sydney, are provided with the option of having their appointments with cancer specialists closer to where they live through tele-oncology – high tech video conferencing.

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