Alberta Cancer Foundation


Joining forces for a new comprehensive cancer centre in Calgary

Dream big. Think out of the box. Take risks. Make a difference.

This is the approach the Alberta Cancer Foundation took as discussions began with the Government of Alberta about the critical need for a new comprehensive cancer centre in Calgary. The Foundation was pivotal in bringing the various health stakeholders together to ensure Calgarians and southern Albertans had the type of cancer care those in Edmonton and Northern Alberta have been receiving through the Cross Cancer Institute for decades, currently Alberta's only comprehensive cancer centre.

On March 1st, the Alberta Government took a bold step and announced the plans for a new cancer centre to be built in Calgary, with the Alberta Cancer Foundation front and centre as a partner in the project, committing to raise $200 million for the new centre. The Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary reached its maximum capacity over 10 years ago. To meet the needs of the growing population with cancer, over five facilities in Calgary are currently being used to provide treatment and care. "As a cancer survivor, I have seen the system from the inside," says John Osler, Chair of the Alberta Cancer Foundation Board of Trustees. "The promise and opportunity a facility of this nature brings not only for Calgarians, but for all Albertans is truly monumental."

"The Alberta Cancer Foundation represents the hope and vision of our 200,000 donors and every cancer patient and their family," said Myka Osinchuk, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. "For every Albertan who has faced cancer, lost a loved one to cancer or may face cancer in the future - we promise progress. There is tremendous promise and innovation that occurs when researchers, clinicians, health providers and patients come together in one place."

"This new facility will provide cancer patients and their families all cancer services in one place, streamlining care. Having a facility that gives patients access to the best research and the best care will offer improved outcomes for cancer patients in Calgary and Southern Alberta," says Dr. Paul Grundy, Senior Vice President and Senior Medical Director of Alberta Health Service's Cancer Care. "There are tremendous benefits to cancer patients when the best minds in cancer research, clinical practice and care work together, as a comprehensive cancer team."

The $200 million announced by the Alberta Cancer Foundation will be raised through a campaign. The existing provincial cancer priorities of research, screening, prevention and enhanced care will continue to be supported through the generosity and efforts of our donors. Over the past five years, Alberta Cancer Foundation donors have funded over $110 million in cancer research, bringing ground-breaking discoveries to cancer patients in Alberta and around the globe. We will continue to support these efforts and the needs of the Cross Cancer Institute, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge, the Margaret Yuill Cancer Centre in Medicine Hat and the other 13 community cancer centres across Alberta. Our commitment remains steadfast to serving the needs of all Albertans.

The Government of Alberta has committed to begin construction of the new $1.2 billion centre by 2015. This new centre will be located at the Foothills Health Campus.

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This new facility will provide cancer patients and their families all cancer services in one place, streamlining care. The Alberta Cancer Foundation represents the hope and vision of our 200,000 donors and every cancer patient and their family. What is a comprehensive cancer centre? A comprehensive cancer centre is a facility that integrates research, clinical care and a range of support services, such as psychosocial, physiotherapy and other therapeutic programs.  
Researchers will be closer to oncologists and patients, offering valuable insight into their work, which will ultimately provide patients with new cures and better treatments. The goal of research is to offer innovative approaches to identifying and treating cancer, says Dr. Gregory Cairncross, the Alberta Cancer Foundation Chair of Brain Tumour Research. Being able to work shoulder to shoulder with patients and the cancer care team provides key feedback that will further enhance our progress.
For the cancer patient, it means that their cancer care is provided in one place, offering a more streamlined, co-ordinated and less stressful, experience within the health system.

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