CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – П.Е.И. The cancer treatment center will receive a long-awaited stimulus in the form of a new state of the art linear accelerator.
After the launch of the initiative in 2016, the province presented a new $ 10 million TrueBeam Linear Accelerator at a media event on Friday afternoon. The machine will provide more precision in radiotherapy for cancer patients on the island. It will allow the treatment of small tumors earlier and allow doctors to extend the treatment to tumors such as the spine, the liver and the brain.
P.E.I. The cancer treatment center is currently operated by two linear accelerators. The new unit will replace the original one, which was installed in 2003. Linear accelerators of the Center provide approximately 9,200 treatments per year.
"We know that the burden of cancer on the island is very important. About 900 islanders will be diagnosed every year with cancer, about 400 will die from their illness," said Dr. Larry Pan, Head of Regional Oncology. service.
"The extent and importance of cancer on the island is certainly very important. I would say that it affects all the islands from Tignish to Souris."
"We know that the size of the burden of cancer on the island is very important. About 900 islanders will be diagnosed with cancer annually, about 400 will die of illness. The size and importance of cancer on the island is certainly very important." "I would say that it affects all the islanders Tignisha to Souris.
-Dr. Larry Pan
Pan says that the proportion of cancer deaths at P.E.I. is high and is greater than the total proportion of death due to stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases, accidents and suicides.
Pan said that the new linear accelerator will allow patients to get more accurate and better treatment closer to home.
"If there is one thing the patient wants in terms of irradiation treatment, they ask," can their treatment be delivered on the island? "Pan said.
Health Minister Robert Mitchell said the replacement for the second linear accelerator was planned between 2022 and 2023. He said the new units would provide savings for patients and the healthcare system by reducing the number of patients traveling outside the island for care.
"Investing in this world-class technology will improve access to cancer care in our province by fostering current treatment options and providing new opportunities for certain types of cancer," Mitchell said.
Linear accelerator was the key promise of the Liberals' budget for 2015, although the initial cost estimate was tied to $ 8 million. The money for the promoter was first allocated to the capital budget for 2016.