Canadian Cancer Society supports Alberta government’s plan for new Calgary Cancer Centre

08 July 2015

Calgary -

Following through on one of her party’s election promises, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman announced today that the Foothills Hospital site will be home to the new Calgary Cancer Centre.

“This is extraordinary,” says Dan Holinda, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. “This is the first time we’ve seen the provincial government move so quickly on a critical issue such as this.”

A little more than six months ago, under the previous government, plans for the new cancer centre had swung from the Foothills site, to no cancer centre at all, and finally to a smaller centre to be built on the South Health Campus in Calgary.

With this announcement today, the provincial government has reverted to the original plan recommended by leading experts in the field who, after a comprehensive study of the situation, determined that a single site on the Foothills site was ideal – allowing a strong research base where oncologists, researchers, healthcare professionals and specialized technology can provide world-class treatment for cancer patients.

“Thank you to the health minister and the government for having the courage to boldly commit to this new cancer centre at the Foothills,” says Holinda. “This is a crucial decision that will have a tremendous impact on people living in Calgary and southern Alberta well into the future.”

The Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the current facility for Calgary and much of southern Alberta, has been over capacity for the last decade or more. If that’s not enough, it’s predicted Alberta will see more than a 60 per cent increase in new cancer cases within the next 15 years, due it its anticipated above-average population growth, as well as a substantial increase in seniors (aged 65 and older) by 2030.

In Alberta, it’s estimated more than 28,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2030, up from approximately 17,000 this year.

The Canadian Cancer Society has been advocating for a new, larger cancer centre at a single location – to accommodate the growing need and to streamline treatment for cancer patients.

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