After recent privacy breaches, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency is working to further strengthen the privacy of patients’ health information and to ensure staff understand their role in accessing personal health information from various electronic systems.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in men and women, but an easy-to-use test done once every two years in the privacy of your home can help you stay one stepahead of your health.
Recently the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s Screening Program for Colorectal Cancer became aware that 11 clients from the Prairie North Health Region who completed a fecal immunochemical blood test (FIT) were not initially notified of their abnormal results. The results date to tests processed between April 23-30, 2013. Processes are now in place to ensure this does not happen in the future.
Saskatchewan cancer patients will receive better care as a result of more up-to-date information in their health records. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency improved the flow of information in transcription that will assist both patients and physicians.
For the first time, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency are all working together to advance cancer care and services for people in the province.
Cameco and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have teamed up with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency for a third year to present Cameco Touchdown for Dreams. Since 2012, the program has worked to make a difference in the lives of women facing a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer by granting them a dream.
Providing cancer patients with access to symptom management and palliative care just got a little easier with the availability of outpatient clinics at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. The clinics started December 5, 2013 and are held on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
Treatment for cancer patients in Saskatchewan took a giant step forward today, as the most advanced linear accelerator, TrueBeam, is now available in Saskatoon. The TrueBeam, the first of its kind in Saskatchewan, is designed to deliver radiotherapy to tumours with greater speed and accuracy.
All Saskatchewan residents between the ages of 50 and 74 now have access to a potentially life-saving screening program, with today’s announcement that the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program has been launched in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Through the program, residents can be screened for colorectal cancer with an easy-to-use in-home test.
A diagnosis of cancer should not get in the way of women having a dream fulfilled and the Cameco Touchdown for Dreams program is helping make this a reality. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age and a Saskatchewan resident. A maximum of $5,000 will be provided towards the dream of a woman with a life threatening diagnosis of cancer. All applications for this year must be received by April 1, 2013.
More than 95 per cent of the province now has access to colorectal cancer screening, as the program has now expanded to include Sunrise Health Region. Through the program, residents can be screened for colorectal cancer with an easy-to-use in-home test.
All Saskatchewan women getting mammograms through the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s Screening Program for Breast Cancer now benefit from the most advanced screening and mammography technology. The program installed state of the art digital equipment on its mobile unit and in its Regina offices when the service relocated to 106 - 3275 Pasqua Street, near 25th Avenue.
Taking the time to get a Pap test could make a difference and save a woman’s life. October 22- October 28 marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week across Canada and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency is encouraging women to be screened for cervical cancer by booking a routine Pap test.
Cancer patients currently receiving treatment are encouraged to get a flu shot through the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina or the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. The vaccine is offered free of charge to patients and will be available starting October 11, 2012.
It only takes minutes, but a screening mammogram could help save a woman’s life. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Saskatchewan women and during Breast Cancer Awareness month this October women are encouraged to get screened.