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Chemotherapy to be available on stat holidays: Oswald

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Oncology nurses at St. Boniface hospital will conduct chemotherapy treatments on statutory holidays and participate in other scheduling changes to boost capacity at the CancerCare Manitoba site.

Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced the change today in Winnipeg on National Oncology Nurses Day.

Health officials say there is an ever-growing demand for chemotherapy in Manitoba. The scheduling changes at St. B will result in an additional 500 treatments per year.

"Oncology nurses are doing their part to make sure Manitobans continue to receive the expert care they need when they need it," said Oswald. "Providing more chemotherapy treatments at CancerCare Manitoba will help us provide even faster cancer care for patients."

Oncology nurses receive highly specialized training in the care and treatment of cancer patients. There are about 120 Winnipeg-based oncology nurses and another 50 outside the city in Manitoba.

CancerCare said funding to provide the additional treatments will come out of existing budgets.

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