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'VIRTUAL CARE IS THE FUTURE': App will help cancer patients keep balls in check – Regina Leader-Post

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A new app is on the way to help men monitor their testicular health.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is expanding its virtual testis cancer clinic with a mobile app. The hospital is operating a trial web-based study with 110 cancer patients testing virtual care.

“Virtual care is the future,” said Dr. Rob Hamilton, a urologic oncologist with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He says the app would eliminate the majority of inpatient visits that don’t need to be face-to-face.

The mobile app will provide personal resources, secure messaging in real time, and a laboratory and imaging database.

It will also track care and show patients where they are on their journey to recovery, as well as important milestones.

“We could communicate through the portal that everything is OK or tell the patient to come in,” Hamilton said.


Dr. Rob Hamilton, a urologic oncologist with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. (Supplied)

He said innovative thinking is needed for the sustainability of the health-care system, though he acknowledged not all care can be virtual.

“Getting everyone through the door gets harder and harder. When possible and safe, we can check them at home,” he said.

This will be especially beneficial for patients in remote locations as it would spare them from trekking to Toronto if not needed.

Testicular cancer typically strikes males ages 15 to 39.

Andrew, 27, a patient at Princess Margaret after being diagnosed almost three years ago with testicular cancer, is now in remission and has been part of the hospital’s pilot project web-based clinic where information is shared via emails.

“I can log in and see my upcoming tests and results and what the doctor has to say,” Andrew said, adding dealing with his illness has been tough and not having to go to the hospital for every interaction has made the road easier.

He is told on his update page about results and times for appointments — such as blood tests.

Hamilton said the goal is to build an app that is expandable for treating other cancers and diseases.

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Hospitals call for new COVID-19 restrictions – Cambridge Times

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TORONTO — Ontario’s premier says the province is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 and all options are on the table to combat a surge in cases.

Doug Ford says the 700 new cases reported in Ontario today — the highest recorded daily increase since the start of the pandemic — are very concerning.

He says the second wave has the potential to be worse than the first experienced in the spring.


Ford is urging people to follow public health rules to limit the wave’s severity.

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says the province must work to flatten the curve of the virus again to allow hospitals to respond without being overwhelmed.

Dr. David Williams says people became too casual as virus numbers had improved in late August and must now be more vigilant.

Ford has also announced an additional $52 million to hire 3,700 more nurses and personal support workers to help address the virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2020.

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

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Another person dies of COVID-19 in Manitoba – CBC.ca

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Another person has died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the number of deaths linked to the virus up to 20 in Manitoba.

The person who died was a man in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, the province says.

Another 39 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Manitoba on Monday.

There are 22 new known cases in the Winnipeg health region, seven cases each in the Interlake-Eastern and Northern health regions and three in the Southern Health region.

The cases found in northern Manitoba are from a First Nation and they are all close contacts, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

There are 618 known active cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, with 13 people in hospital, including seven in intensive care.

The province is advising the public of more places where people may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

A second confirmed case of COVID-19 was found at St. Maurice School in Winnipeg.

The person may have been at the school while infectious on Sept. 17 and 18.

So far, contact tracing investigators do not believe the new case is linked to the first case reported at the school.

Further exposures may have happened at: 

  • Denny’s, at 4100 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg, on Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 20 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • XXI Lounge, at 1011 Pembina Highway in Winnipeg, on Sept. 18 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sept. 19 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba is still at 2.2 per cent.

There were 2,647 COVID-19 tests performed on Friday, 2,196 on Saturday and 1,596 on Sunday.

The total number of COVID-19 tests done in Manitoba since February is 180,750.

Monday marks the first day code orange restrictions are in effect in Winnipeg and 17 surrounding communities.

Masks must be worn in all indoor public places, and all gatherings — taking place inside or outside — have a 10-person limit.

“We know that all of these actions not only protect ourselves, they protect the people around us, people we love and our community,” he said.

“We encourage Manitobans to step up once again to reduce the transmission of this virus.” 

Roussin told reporters on Monday that the 10-person cap on private gatherings is in addition to the people who live at a residence.

If six people live in a home, an additional 10 people can visit at one time, Roussin said, although he stressed a couple of times that people should try to limit their number of close contacts.

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