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Better data… better decisions… better patient care

Who is diagnosed with cancer? How are old are people when they are diagnosed? What kind of cancers are they being diagnosed with? How early (what stage) is the cancer found? How is it found (a screening test, surgery, etc.)? What kind of treatments do people have? How well do they do following treatment? Does the cancer come back?

The answers to these questions and many others are critical for health administrators, providers and the public to understand. Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit (SEU) coordinates the collection and analysis of cancer information through its cancer information system. Its goal is to provide health administrators, providers and the public with information to make good decisions.

On September 17th, 2012 the SEU introduced a new electronic cancer information system called OncoLog. Read on to learn how this new system will enable better data collection and analysis to support better decisions and ultimately better patient care.  

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