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REF NO.: 140

SUBJECT: Media conference on new Teleoncology Program

DATE: Dec. 23

Note to editors:

Members of the media are invited to attend a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at 11 a.m. in the staff lounge of the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation (NCTRF) at the Health Sciences Centre. At that time there will be an announcement of the launch of the Newfoundlandand Labrador Teleoncology Program, the primary objective of which is to demonstrate the effective development, integration and sustainability of telehealth into cancer services delivery between the NCTRF and participating health boards, using the resources of the Telehealth and Education Technology Resource Agency (TETRA) of Memorial University.

The Teleoncology Program will build on proven telehealth technologies and develop the guidelines and protocols to create a service accessible from primary, secondary and tertiary locations to deliver and support province-wide cancer treatment, management and educational services. Key parties included in this news announcement are Bertha Paulse, CEO of the NCTRF; Dr. Kara Laing, director of medical oncology with the NCTRF; Dr. Maxwell House, principal investigator for the Teleoncology Project and professor emeritus; Erin Keough, director of TETRA/Telemedicine; and representatives from the Department of Health and Community Services as well as representatives of partner boards from Western, Labrador and Grenfell via video link.

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For more information, please contact Patricia Dwyer, TETRA, at (709) 7358-8312 or or Sharon Gray, communications coordinator (health sciences), at (709) 777-8397 or


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