09/19/2014 09:47 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:00 EDT

Nova Scotia seeks input from colorectal cancer survivors on clinical standards

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is asking people who have colorectal cancer and their families for feedback on new clinical standards.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia says it wants people to review the draft standards on the Health Department's website by Oct. 13.

The government says clinical standards give health professionals information about how to diagnose and treat a disease based on the latest evidence.

That includes types of tests and treatments, where they are done and when they need to take place.

The feedback will be reviewed by a clinical standards oversight committee.

The province says a focus group will also be held in Halifax and Truro on Oct. 8 and in Sydney on Oct. 9.