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New program to assist aboriginal cancer victims

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CancerCare Manitoba has launched a new program to ensure First Nations, Metis and Inuit people receive prompt care.

The new program is the latest phase of the Manitoba government’s Cancer Patient Journey Initiative, established in 2011. It aims to reduce the time from suspicion of cancer to first treatment to 60 days or less.

"The Manitoba government is committed to ensuring all Manitobans dealing with cancer get the help they need when they need it most," said Oswald. "The First Nations, Metis and Inuit Cancer Control Program increases access to diagnosis, treatment and support for all Manitobans facing barriers to cancer services, resulting in less stress and worry for patients and their families."

Patient access co-ordinators will work with patients, families and health-care providers to connect people to the care and support services they need.

The program will also reach out to new Canadians and other populations who face challenges in accessing cancer services due to factors such as language, geography or lack of knowledge about cancer screening, prevention and care options, said Oswald.

 

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