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Quality data informs decision making 

“The stage or extent of a patient’s cancer at the time of diagnosis is a huge predictor of patient outcome,” says Dr. Louise Parker, Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s (CCNS) Director of Cancer Research. “The more we learn about staging, the more we can focus our efforts on diagnosing cancer earlier when the chances of survival are greatest.”

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Stage data is another piece in the information puzzle to understand cancer better today to improve how we prevent, treat and cure cancer tomorrow. This is the reason that CCNS’s Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit, which operates the Nova Scotia Cancer Registry (NSCR), has been working with partners for several years to collect this important information. Today, the processes are in place to enable collection of this data.

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