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New CT scanner for cancer treatment centre

$5 million was raised for a scanner for Kelowna’s Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre

The area’s cancer centre has a new tool to help people with the disease.

The BC Cancer Foundation has announced a $5 million fundraising initiative to bring a PET/CT scanner to the BC Cancer Agency’s Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior.

With more than 5,000 new cancer diagnoses expected this year in the region, the time to bring this essential diagnostic tool to Kelowna is now.

Each year, more than 900 patients must travel from the Southern Interior to the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre for a PET/CT scan, where the province’s two publicly funded scanners are located.

“With a growing and aging provincial population, cancer incidence is expected to increase and we are committed to bolstering cancer care in the Southern Interior,” said Sarah Roth, President of the BC Cancer Foundation. “Today we bring good news to cancer patients in the community with a goal to raise $5 million for PET/CT technology.”

Oncologists utilize the results of a patient’s PET/CT scan to accurately plan treatment, monitor treatment effectiveness and detect cancer recurrence. The PET/CT scan plays an integral role in a patient’s care, as the most precise and detailed cancer diagnostic tool.

To learn more about the PET/CT campaign, how this technology impacts care and how to support, visit the Cancer Foundation’s website.