Thursday, June 18, 2009
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REGINA, June 18, 2009 – Today OCATS learned that Dr. Maryam Al-Hayki, Gynecologic Oncologist for southern Sask has been contracted to provide gynecologic cancer care services for the women of Southern Saskatchewan, including chemotherapy. Many details are yet to be determined and the group of gynecologic cancer patients look forward to hearing more from the Minister of Health Don McMorris. The Ministry, SaskHealth, Sask Cancer Agency and the Health Regions all working towards the implementation of a proper Gynecologic Oncology Program for Saskatchewan, with a Unit each in Regina and Saskatoon, and now with this contract; we hope that all four of Saskatchewan’s gynecologic cancer specialists will be retained for a long time to come. With this progress it is also hopeful that additional gynecologic oncologists can be recruited.
A long time request of the OCATS group to meet with the Minister of Health, Don McMorris has now been scheduled for Monday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m. A Director of OCATS, Darlene Gray said, “we are so relieved to hear that a contract has been extended to Dr. Al-Hayki and we hope it is a contract that will keep her here for a long time. Hopefully, this will result in immediate oncologist availability for patients of all cancers. Patients also need to be assured that a proper gyne oncology program is established to ensure the retention of both Dr. Al-Hayki and Dr. Brydon in Regina and the two specialists in Saskatoon. We are pleased but still have many questions.”
The OCATS group expects to hear more at a meeting with all the stakeholders including SaskHealth, Sask Cancer Agency, the health regions and the women’s cancer specialists this coming week as soon as all the participants can meet. Ms. Gray said, “We are very much appreciative of this opportunity to hear about the program in full and also to provide our input, since all we have right now is a theory. Women need to know that all the resources and funding will be in place to ensure the gynecologic oncology Units in Regina and Saskatoon will have all specialists, support staff, technical and diagnostic testing and tools are in place. We hope to see a plan for trained or a training program for technicians to run the new ultrasounds, pathology and educational instruments and programs required for a true gynecologic oncology program.”
Darlene was clear in stating that, “This has been a stressful time for the volunteers in our group and a very worrisome time for patients needing chemotherapy and other treatment, as it has been for the doctors and administrators. We are relieved, happy and a bit shell shocked. It’s comforting, for all I’m sure, to know that the specialists can go back to the business of treating patients. We want to thank the Ministry and all the bureaucracies involved for doing the right thing for women in Saskatchewan, current and future patients. We feel that once the administrators understood how urgent and critical the gynecologic cancer situation in Saskatchewan was, everyone moved very quickly to put a solution together. We hope to make our gratitude known at these upcoming meetings. Still, we feel that a patient’s experience must be included in the process and we look forward to providing that to the Minister of Health personally on June 29th, and to the team in the upcoming week. This is a wonderful beginning.”
For more information contact Darlene Gray in Regina at 306-775-1848, cell 529-3199 or in Fort San at 306-332-3957, or firstname.lastname@example.org