Speeding Up Access To Cancer Care For Ottawa Families
Expanded Regional Cancer Centre, New Mobile Radiation Unit Will Help Patients Get Faster Care, Closer To Home
The Ontario government is improving access to cancer care in Ottawa by expanding the regional cancer centre and supporting a new mobile radiation unit, announced Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"We want to do everything we can to ensure that people who are diagnosed with cancer get the treatment they need -- when and where they need it," said Premier McGuinty. "The steps we're taking today mean that more patients will get the critical care they need faster and more families will have new hope for a better quality of life."
Premier McGuinty made his remarks at the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre, where he announced that the government is speeding up access to cancer care by issuing a request for proposals to expand the centre and build a new satellite cancer centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital.
Construction is expected to begin later this year. Once the expansion is complete, the centre will provide chemotherapy, radiation, surgical oncology, preventative medicine and palliative care to 1.5 million people in eastern Ontario.
To ensure faster care, the government is also investing $5.2 million in a new mobile radiation unit. Starting this fall, the unit will help reduce wait times for radiation therapy by serving up to 400 patients per year.
"Expanding cancer care in Ottawa is an essential part of our government's plan to modernize hospitals, reduce wait times and upgrade medical equipment across the province," said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman.
"Today's call for construction teams brings the Champlain region one step closer to having new, state-of-the-art cancer facilities," said David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. "This project is one of many in our government's $30-billion plus infrastructure investment plan to modernize public infrastructure while ensuring value for taxpayer dollars."
Expanding cancer care is the latest way the McGuinty government is working with Ottawa residents to achieve health care results. Other initiatives include:
- More than doubling the size of Hôpital Montfort
- Constructing a state-of-the-art critical care wing at The Ottawa Hospital
- Funding the Roger's House at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, a palliative care home for children
- Speeding up access to care by funding about 90,000 more medical procedures in five key areas (cancer surgery, cardiac procedures, hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and CT and MRI scans) in Ottawa.
"Since 2003, we've come a long way, together," said Premier McGuinty. "We can't go back -- not after everything we've achieved. Working together, we can continue to strengthen health care and build a brighter, more hopeful future for Ottawa families."