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The Fredericton Daily Gleaner News, Tuesday, February 28, 2006, p. A6
By JAMES FOSTER Times & Transcript

Cancer patients across northern New Brunswick will receive care from specialists in Moncton without having to travel, thanks to a new service that provides a video and audio link in real time.
The new link between oncologists at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital in Moncton and hospitals in Edmundston, Bathurst and Campbellton was showcased Monday and performed flawlessly.

"It's a concrete example of the progress we are making in this direction," Aldeoda Losier, president and CEO of the Acadie-Bathurst Regional Health Authority, said via the video link.
The three northern hospitals and the Dumont hospital were linked simultaneously and all could see and hear each other.

Dr. Pierre Whitlock, oncologist at the Dumont hospital, said the technology will also be used for continuing education among doctors as well as for videoconferencing between oncologists in Moncton and their patients - and those patients' doctors - in the three northern N.B. centres.
"Technology like this is essential for New Brunswick," he said, "and for many reasons."
There are not nearly enough oncologists in the province to meet the demand, Whitlock said, so the new technology will allow an oncology patient's family physician to play a greater role in cancer treatment, while being overseen by specialists in Moncton.

All initial consultations and that all-important early treatment will still take place in Moncton.
However, followup treatment for northern patients can be done in their own community, without the need to travel up to six hours for a half-hour treatment that can just as easily be done via a tele-link.

"That is not a negligible factor," Whitlock said. "In my eight years here, it has become clear that patients have huge distances to travel. This has a tremendous effect on their quality of life. An impact like that, it can be major."

About 40 per cent of Dumont cancer patients, about 500 people, come from the northern parts of the province, a number Whitlock described as significant.

The technology is suited to chemotherapy patients being treated with medications, for example. It is not as adapted to radiation-therapy patients because those patients will still have to travel to where the radiation equipment is located.

But in cases such as breast cancer, for example, where a course of medication can last several months, the patient can now be treated and followed in many cases from afar.

The service comes thanks to a grant of $450,000 from Health Canada, through the Societe Sante et Mieux-etre en Francais du Nouveau-Brunswick, which promotes health and wellness in the province's major French-speaking centres.

Pierre LeBouthillier, president and CEO of the Beausejour Regional Health Authority, lauded the initiative as "an innovative and unifying project which will benefit our partners and patients."

© 2006 The Daily Gleaner - Fredericton. All rights reserved

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