Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the service will minimize complications associated with the condition.
“Both from the patient perspective and the health care perspective, the sooner that we can reach out and get ahead of this, the better.”
Nicole Pylatiuk is a breast cancer survivor and suffers from Lymphedema. She says the program would have been a valuable resource to her.
“You’re overwhelmed when you get that diagnosis and the amount of information that’s coming at you. To have had a call at home to ask you information and see where things are at, in a simple and straightforward way, would have been really helpful.”
Healthline 811 receives referrals from the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region to contact patients shortly after their breast cancer treatment.
The Breast Cancer Lymphedema Pilot Program will run a year and then be evaluated.