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Standards development continues to focus the team at Cancer Care Nova Scotia

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L-R: CCNS Team Memebers Jill Petrella, Quality Manager, Carman Giacomantio, Chief Medical Director, Sandra Cook, Surgical Oncology Manager


“A number of factors impact how well a patient will do following treatment, but there is strong evidence indicating that a well run system is key to ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Carman Giacomantonio, Chief Medical Director, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Our work with district health authorities on developing and implementing clinical standards of care is the foundation that will support a well run cancer system.”

The initial work of developing and refining the standards of care for rectal cancer in Nova Scotia continues to progress on schedule. A draft document addressing treatment standards of rectal cancer care including, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, supportive care and long-term follow-up, will be shared with health professionals and administrators across the province in Fall 2012. They will be asked to comment on whether the draft standards are valid, reasonable, realistic and appropriate and if they will result in the best possible outcome or result for rectal cancer patients. Cancer patients and survivors will also have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft document.

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