Improving cancer care through better diagnostics for people on Vancouver Island

A new PET/CT scanner suite is now operational at the BC Cancer centre in Victoria. Cancer patients will no longer have to travel to the Lower Mainland for these diagnostic imaging scans. I was pleased to join with Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and some of our community’s outstanding health professionals at the announcement.

The total project cost is $6.5 million, with $5.3 million provided by the BC Cancer Foundation and $1.2 million provided by the Ministry of Health through the Provincial Health Services Authority. The BC Cancer Foundation raised funds for the new scanner with support from more than 3,500 Vancouver Island donors, including $2 million from Nanaimo resident Gordon Heys and $1 million from long-standing supporter Thrifty Foods.