Cancer care closer to home
McGuinty Government Improves Cancer Treatment In Simcoe County And Muskoka
Up to 400 patients a year from Simcoe County and Muskoka will receive treatment in a new mobile radiation unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. The unit began serving patients on April 1.
Many cancer patients from Simcoe and Muskoka used to travel all the way to Toronto for radiation therapy. Now, more patients will get the care they need closer to home.
The $6.1-million radiation unit will operate during construction of the new Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. This funding includes almost $2.3 million for a new radiation treatment machine that will be moved to the new centre once complete. The hospital is recruiting radiation therapists, nuclear medicine physicists and radiation oncologists in advance of the centre's opening in 2010/11.
- 172 Ontarians are diagnosed with cancer every day.
- The Royal Victoria Hospital handles about 350,000 patient visits each year.
- There are 86 permanent and mobile radiation units operating in Ontario.
“When a loved one is fighting cancer, nothing else matters but getting the best care for them. Now, patients will get that care closer to home and more families will have new hope.”
“In a few short years we will have a new Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. Until the doors of the permanent centre open, our government has put in place this mobile cancer unit to provide much needed and immediate care for the people of this community.”