Central Alberta Cancer Centre, Red Deer
Central Alberta Cancer Centre forms part of the Alberta Radiation Therapy Corridor in association with existing ones in Edmonton and Calgary. The project is funded both provincially and federally.
The Central Alberta Cancer Centre will bring improved access to cancer care for Central Alberta residents following its completion in 2013 and involves expanding the Cancer Centre at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, tripling the space and adding radiation therapy to its list of services.
When fully operational, the expanded centre in Red Deer will include (general overview only):
- Initial installation of two linac accelerators (by Varian Medical, LINAC high energy, 120 leaf collimator, Portal Imaging, IMRT, IGRT) with construction of the third vault, and potential for addition of another vault in the future.
- Outpatient clinics
- Medical Day Unit with treatment areas for chemotherapy and other treatments and procedures.
- Radiation Treatment Services with specialized treatment planning.
- Pharmacy Services, including a satellite pharmacy for cancer medications.
Lethbridge recently opened its new specialized cancer treatment centre to address the needs of southern Alberta residents. The facility was designed by HFKS Architects as the prime consultant. The Central Alberta Cancer Centre in Red Deer will open its new radiation therapy treatment centre in late 2013, with groundbreaking that took place in September 2010.
While the primary role of the radiation corridor is to offer patients treatment as close to home as possible, having alternative sites for radiation therapy, outside Edmonton and Calgary, will help meet periodic overflow demand from other areas - reducing wait times for patients.