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April 30 is fast approaching, but there is still time for you to submit your nominations for the CCNS Excellence Awards. Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Excellence Awards recognize leadership, innovative practice, and excellence in patient care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and families. We want your nominations for the 2010 awards. Help us recognize the people, their work and their accomplishments to prevent, treat and cure cancer. Visit the CCNS website at www.cancercare.ns.ca for nomination details or call us at 1-866-599-2267.

Plan to attend the next Cancer Answers lecture series, Long-term Side Effects of Chemotherapy – The Road Less Travelled. The lecture will be held on April 13, 2010 between 7 and 8:30 p.m. in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre of the Halifax Infirmary. It will be presented by Dr. Daniel Rayson, a Medical Oncologist with the Capital Health Cancer Care Program.The lecture will be available across the province via video conferencing. For a list of locations, visit www.cancercare.ns.ca

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual Atlantic Canada Oncology Group (ACOG) symposium, being held from June 17-19, 2010 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The first day will focus on breast cancer. The second day will include topics of general interest to all oncology specialists. For abstract and registration information visit www.acog.ca or email Dianne Smith, ACOG Coordinator, at nl.rogers.com

The provincial programs of the Nova Scotia Department of Health have developed a website to enable access to an inventory of practice guidelines they have developed or endorsed. The inventory includes guidelines for prevention, screening and management of cancer, diabetes, renal and cardiovascular diseases, as well as guidelines for reproductive care. The guidelines do not represent a complete set for each disease, but the ones included on the website have been tailored to the Nova Scotia context by addressing the specific needs of the population and considering the specific services available within the province. At the time this publication was going to print, the website, www.gov.ns.ca/healthguidelines was expected to be live by March 1, 2010.

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