Stronach Regional Cancer Centre Opens
McGuinty Government Increases Access To Cancer Services In York Region
Ontario is increasing access to cancer care with the official opening of the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket.
The Stronach Regional Cancer Centre is the first radiation treatment facility in York Region. The centre delivered its first radiation therapy treatment in mid-March and began chemotherapy services in May.
When the cancer centre is fully operational, it is expected that its six radiation units will provide radiation treatment for more than 2,400 patients annually. Currently, 7,500 chemotherapy treatments are being delivered annually, and this number is expected to increase by 10-15 per cent each year until 2013 when the centre is expected to have reached its full capacity.
The new cancer centre features three radiation treatment rooms, a simulator suite with planning CT scanner, a chemotherapy unit, a designated space for clinical drug trials, and two outpatient clinics. By 2012, it is estimated that the centre will accommodate 100,000 outpatients' visits each year.
Today's announcement is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.
- Ontario has invested $54 million towards the capital project costs of the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre and is providing $8.5 million in annual funding to operate the centre
- The number of patients that received cancer radiation treatment in Ontario increased from 53 per cent in 2007 to 73 per cent in 2009, a total increase of more than 40 per cent, according to Cancer Care Ontario's 2010 Cancer System Quality Index
“Our government is committed to increasing access to cancer services throughout Ontario. The Stronach Regional Cancer Centre brings these vital services closer to home for patients in York Region and South Simcoe County.”
“The new Stronach Regional Cancer Centre will provide individuals in York Region battling cancer with the world's latest in cancer treating technology, all the while, keeping them closer to their homes and support networks.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek
“Cancer patients in York Region and south Simcoe County now have access to a state-of-the-art cancer care centre. Cancer care services are now more readily available.”