Cancer care expanding in Ottawa
McGuinty Government Teams With Community To Add To Hospital
Faster and better care for Ottawa cancer patients is on the way.
Premier Dalton McGuinty joined staff, doctors and volunteers today to celebrate the beginning of new construction at The Ottawa Hospital's cancer centre. The centre will add space for four clinics, eight radiation treatment machines and 50 chemotherapy spaces, and will consolidate cancer treatment services at the General site.
The new wing is expected to be up and running in 2010. Construction will employ up to 180 workers.
The redevelopment of The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre is part of the government's commitment to a strong health care system for all Ontarians.
- The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre serves about 21,000 patients each year.
- Cancer rates are growing in the Ottawa region. By 2015 almost 7,500 people will require care.
- The Ottawa Hospital conducts 75 to 100 clinical trials for cancer.
“People in the Ottawa region deserve the very best cancer care we can deliver. Soon more patients will get faster access to state-of-the-art treatment.”
“We are pleased that our patients will have improved access to life-saving therapy. Our redeveloped cancer centre will help support our highly trained staff and doctors in their efforts to provide quality care.”
Dr. Jack Kitts