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Cancer Treatments

There are several types of cancer treatments. You may require one or a combination of treatments.  

The kind of treatment you need depends on the kind of cancer you have and how advanced it is.

The goal of your treatment may be to:

  • shrink the tumour;
  • remove the tumour altogether;
  • kill cancer cells that may have spread;
  • reduce the chance that your cancer will come back; or
  • help you deal with the symptoms caused by certain cancers.

Understanding these cancer treatments can help you talk about your choices with your health care team.

Clinics, Programs, and Services

CAR T-Cell Therapy

Offered at 1 location

Chimeric Antigen Receptor (or CAR) T-Cell Therapy is a new cancer immunotherapy that is delivered through Nova Scotia Cell Therapy and Transplant Program (CTTP). CAR T-Cell therapy involves separating specific...


Clinical Trials - Cancer

This clinic, program or service is not administered by Nova Scotia Health. Information may be out of date. Please confirm details with the clinic, program, or service provider.

You can find information on cancer-related clinical trials at NovaStudies Connect.


Hematologic Oncology (Blood Cancers)

Offered at 2 locations

The Division of Hematology and Hematologic Oncology provides care for patients with disorders of the blood including blood cancers. The most common blood cancers are lymphoma (cancers of the lymph...


Radiation therapy

Offered at 2 locations

Radiation therapy is one of the main treatments for many kinds of cancer. The services provided within radiation oncology include radiation therapy (uses high doses of radiation to kill or...


Systemic Therapy

Systemic Therapy is any type of drug that spreads throughout the whole body to treat cancer. These drugs may be given intravenously (IV), by pill, or by injection. The type...


Treatments, tools and technique videos

Patient Education Resources

Nova Scotia Health Cancer Care Program

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The Nova Scotia Health Cancer Care Program has a library of education resources that have been created with cancer patients, their families, and the public in mind. Links and QR codes to the patient education pamphlet library and the video library are provided.


A Cancer Patient Navigator May Help

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Cancer Patient Navigators are oncology nurses who work with you and your family and your cancer care team throughout your treatment and follow up care. This pamphlet explains how a cancer patient navigator can help and how to contact a Cancer Patient Navigator.


Accessing Primary Care

There are many ways to access primary care, even if you're not currently attached to a primary care provider.

Answer a few quick questions to receive personalized instructions for accessing Nova Scotia Health's primary care options near you including in-person, virtual and telephone options.

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Find Emergency Care

Use this tool to identify the emergency care options that are currently available nearest to you.

If this is a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance

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YourHealthNS App

Much of Nova Scotia's healthcare program and service information is now available on the YourHealthNS mobile app. Download for free on the Apple Store and Android Apps for Google Play.

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