South Shore cancer patients getting new treatment centre

South Shore cancer patients getting new treatment centre

Lévis (Quebec) 9 October 2015 – The premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard together with his health minister Gaétan Barrette announced yesterday that south shore residents which, covers pretty much from Lévis opposite Quebec City down to the US border and then some, will be getting a new cancer treatment centre which will be part of the existing Hôtel Dieu hospital in Lévis.

Up until now all patients who were diagnosed with cancer symptoms living south of the river had to come to Quebec City to receive treatment and follow-up care. The new wing to the Lévis hospital should reduce wait times, consultation availability and will make life a lot easier for the families of cancer patients.

The new centre had already been approved by the previous PQ government and the cost to build the new unit is estimated at around $158 million. The centre called Centre régional intégré de cancérologie (CRIC) should be up and running for 2019 and will have a capacity of 1,300 patients a year. It will also include a palliative care sector for those patients who don’t succeed in ridding themselves of the disease.

The ground-breaking ceremony will be in November with the city of Lévis undertaking the responsibility of improving traffic access and parking.

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