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November 20, 2003
For immediate release

PEI Cancer Treatment Centre Up And Running

Health and Social Services

The Island’s state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment Centre officially opened its doors today when Premier Pat Binns and Health and Social Services Minister Chester Gillan cut the ribbon at an opening ceremony held this afternoon.

Premier Binns praised the staff and committees who have worked so hard on the project since its inception. “This project clearly demonstrates the value of working together to achieve the high level of health care we want for Islanders,” Premier Binns said.

Minster Gillan agreed. “It’s the result of the hard work and dedication of many individuals, groups and organizations. Everyone involved should be commended for their commitment to this project.”

In September 1997, the Province announced its commitment to establish enhanced radiation therapy services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The expansion project, which started in 1999, included the addition of a linear accelerator unit to enhance curative oncology treatment services at the hospital. The linear accelerator, which has been in operation since October, uses high energy radiation to localize treatment on tumours.

It will also be used to treat patients with cancer of the prostate and gynecological cancers. The expansion of the Cancer Treatment Centre means that at least ninety percent of Island cancer patients will now be able to remain in PEI for their treatment.

In addition to the new equipment, the Centre has added 20 new employees. New positions include five radiation therapists, oncology nurses, an electronic engineer, social worker and dietician.

The Cancer Treatment Centre expansion features its own entrance; 35 new and upgraded rooms, including 10 new examination rooms; and designated space for counselling, social work, pastoral care and nutrition services.

There will be an Open House for the public this Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Tours will be given and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Media Contact: Island Information Service
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