By Tyler Sutherland
Cancer patients living in the Interlake-Eastern health region will have better access to care with the addition of more cancer hubs.
The Manitoba government on Monday announced the Regional Cancer Program Hub is now open in Selkirk. The hub will serve the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (RHA) through ties to the Gimli and Pinawa Community Cancer Program Hubs and the Eriksdale Community Resource Centre.
“We are reinventing the way we deliver health care with a patient-focused, patient-driven approach that will improve care and help to reduce stress for patients and their families,” said Health Minister Theresa Oswald.
“We are listening to patients and we are better connecting them with the care and support they need to accelerate an early diagnosis and early detection, by supporting treatment closer to home.”
The sites will provide access to support and nurse navigators to help people deal with the stress and anxiety a cancer diagnosis may bring. They will also have a lead clinician, who will be the region’s primary contact for cancer expertise and will connect local care providers in facilities across the region to expert help at centres like CancerCare Manitoba through video conferencing options such as Telehealth.