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Premier Launches Cancer Centre Expansion Unveils New Equipment

first_imgCape Breton cancer patients will have greater access to radiation therapy services with the expansion of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre and a new CT simulator. Premier Rodney MacDonald launched the expansion in Sydney today, April 3, with a sod-turning and unveiling of the CT simulator. “Reducing wait times and giving Nova Scotians access to the best health care possible is a top priority for government,” said Premier MacDonald. “This investment in the Cape Breton Cancer Centre will ensure that we are able to meet Canada’s first wait-time guarantee.” Under the guarantee, effective March 2010, cancer patients in Nova Scotia who need radiation therapy must get treatment within eight weeks of being ready to treat. If unable to meet the guarantee, Nova Scotia is required to offer patients other alternatives, up to and including, the opportunity to be treated in another jurisdiction. The new CT simulator is a key component of the expansion. It will reduce the amount of time patients spend in diagnosis and allows for more accurate radiation therapy treatment. The expanded cancer centre will also make room for a second linear accelerator (LINAC) machine that will improve the capacity to provide radiation therapy treatment. The new machine, when installed next year, will provide faster and more advanced treatments for patients. “Expanding the cancer centre is an important step for the district and we are pleased to have provincial, federal and community partners who are committed to this project,” said John Malcom, CEO of the Cape Breton District Health Authority. “We are building on an already strong foundation and a nationally recognized reputation for excellence in patient care. “This project also supports our ongoing goal to continue to provide safe, appropriate care for Cape Bretoners, closer to home.” The province contributed $3.5 million for the expansion through the Wait Times Improvement for Nova Scotians project. The Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation is well underway with its commitment to raise $2 million. “Today, we are pleased to present a cheque for $1 million which marks the half-way point,” said Patrick Lahey, Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation chair. “We are extremely grateful for the support and the generosity of our community. We hope people will continue to give to this important project because every dollar makes a difference.”last_img

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