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L-R: Dr. Bruce Colwell, Medical Oncologist, Capital Health Cancer Care Program; and Dr. Murray Nixon, Consultant, Cancer Care Nova Scotia

Family physicians key to improved care for cancer patients

Family doctors are the ‘go to’ people for ear aches, sore throats, insomnia, stress-related illness, and all manner of aches and pains. They have seen it all. They are at the front doors of our health care system in Canada. Regardless of our health concern or the number of specialists we go on to see, they are the first stop and they remain the one constant in our journey through the health system.

Integrating Primary Care and Cancer
April 23, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Atlantica Hotel Halifax
1980 Robie St., Halifax, NS

Remuneration is available for fee-for-service physicians, at the negotiated rate for administrative work, and other health professionals, however, funding is limited.

This is particularly true for cancer patients. From the point of diagnosis through the various investigations, treatment and survivorship, a cancer patient will have, on average, 12 different physician specialists involved in their treatment. The majority of these specialists will only see the patient once or twice and only for a very brief period.

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