The BC Cancer Agency’s Abbotsford Centre is the fifth cancer centre in the province (regional centres are also located in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Surrey) and is scheduled to open on August 24th. It is part of an important provincial network which provides a coordinated cancer control system, including prevention, screening, cancer care, treatment and research.

The BC Cancer Agency’s Abbotsford Centre, integrated within the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, will be linked to a province-wide system of cancer control, which includes a registry to track cancer outcomes and effectiveness of treatments, and provincial tumor groups which establish treatment protocols based on the best evidence available.

“As part of the BC Cancer Agency provincial cancer control program, Abbotsford will have the most advanced equipment and patients will also benefit from access to leading-edge clinical trials research.” says Dr. Lee Ann Martin, Head of Medical Oncology.

For residents of the Central and Eastern Fraser Valley, the opening of this centre will be of enormous value offering patients the opportunity to receive a spectrum of world-class cancer care services closer to home. It expands the BC Cancer Agency’s ability to pursue innovation, research and improve patient outcomes.

“We are absolutely delighted that we will be offering cancer care closer to home, for patients in the Central and Eastern Fraser Valley,” says Dr. Martin. “When you’re ill, you want to receive care in your community, where you can receive the support of family and friends.”

When fully operational, the new Abbotsford Centre will serve approximately 2,500 new patients annually. Staff at the new centre will provide core services such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, counselling and support services, pain and symptom management and palliative care, and community prevention education. The new centre has room for 12 chemotherapy chairs to provide outpatient treatment and four state-of-the-art radiation therapy machines, with two CT simulators, for treatment planning.

We’re very proud of the world-class services we’ll be able to offer at the Abbotsford Centre,” says Dr. Martin, “I would encourage the community to come to the public forum and get to know us a little bit better.”

“The BC Cancer Foundation is excited to be in the new BC Cancer Agency's Abbotsford Centre,” says Nick Locke, senior vice president development at the BC Cancer Foundation. “A commitment to research and enhancing patient care can only happen with donor support and the residents of the Central and Eastern Fraser Valley have already shown their generosity and commitment to building a stronger community; the BC Cancer Foundation is honoured to be able to serve that community.”