Input on cancer care possible until end of April

  • Mar. 13, 2006 6:00 a.m.

Islanders who missed the two cancer care meetings last week have until the end of April to make their voices heard.
The meetings, organized by Northern Health and UNBC, will result in a report going to Victoria in June.
In Masset Thursday evening, Jeff Burghardt, chair of Northern Health said he heard some good comments on cancer care, although he had “hoped for a few more” turning out. He and UNBC President Charles Jago held another session in Queen Charlotte on Friday.
“We really are trying to determine if Northern Health and the cancer agency do have an effective strategy organized for improving cancer care in northern BC,” Mr. Burghardt said.
Northerners are diagnosed with cancer later than people in the rest of the province, and “we have concerns about ‘are we screening things well enough’, ‘are residents aware of looking for early signs'” he said.
The consultation includes discussion of a proposed cancer facility in Prince George. Mr. Burghardt said Masset residents agreed that such a facility belongs in the north, but wondered if it would benefit people in their community, who find Vancouver more accessible because of air transportation.
The consultation, which involves meetings in 16 communities, has just started.
Anyone who wants to comment can do so before the end of April on a form available at www.northerncancercare.ca

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