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Cancer-care centre an ambition for Nunavut – Niagara falls review

February 5, 2024

Nunavut first began offering oncology services in-territory in July 2022, when an Iqaluit doctor, a team of physicians from The Ottawa Hospital and the Indigenous Cancer Care Program came up with a plan.

Nunavut first began offering oncology services in-territory in July 2022, when an Iqaluit doctor, a team of physicians from The Ottawa Hospital and the Indigenous Cancer Care Program came up with a plan.

“We have not, in the past, given any chemo[therapy] drugs in the territory,” Dr. Francois de Wet, territorial chief of staff of physician services said. “We had no oncology [physicians] on staff, or internal medicine [doctors].”

Before July 2022, Nunavut patients seeking treatment for cancer had to be flown south, usually to Ottawa. There were issues with this approach that affected treatment, as doctors noted that not only were patients reluctant to be fully open about their conditions in case it meant a longer stay, but they were also separated from their support systems, home environments and communities — all of which are critical in the recovery process.

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