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April 13, 2011

BUDGET 2011 COMMITS TO BETTER CANCER CARE FOR PATIENTS, FAMILIES

Provincial Contribution of $70 Million for New CancerCare Manitoba Building Will Expand World-class Diagnostics, Treatment and Research That Will Saves Lives: Premier

Premier Greg Selinger today announced the province is committing to invest $70 million in a new-state-of-the-art facility for CancerCare Manitoba that will improve diagnostics, treatment and research that will help Manitoba families affected by this disease.

"Every family has been touched by cancer - wives, husbands, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters and friends," the premier said. "Our loved ones deserve the very best care and this new investment will help outstanding professionals in Manitoba deliver world-class diagnostics, treatment and research that will save lives."

Some of the features of this new facility will include:

"This is a momentous step for CancerCare Manitoba as this new state-of-the-art facility will help us to attack cancer on every front, from prevention to early detection, to leading-edge care and treatment," said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba. "We applaud the provincial government?s continued commitment to the fight against cancer and value their partnership as we all work together to change the course of cancer in Manitoba. The new facility will help to attract and retain outstanding health-care professionals and deliver excellent care and treatment to Manitobans when they need it most."

The new space will support the training of family physicians, oncology nurses and other health-care professionals and enhance capacity to provide much-needed cancer education for patients and families.

"Our government has been working very hard with health-care professionals, patients and their families to ensure people and resources are in place to get patients the help they need when they need it," said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. "The investments we have made over the last decade have improved services and built a strong foundation. This positions Manitoba to take the next step to address these challenges and build a cancer-care system that is not only the best in Canada, but among the best in the world because Manitoba families deserve no less."

The new space will be tailored and focused on the needs of patients and their families, the minister said.

"We are proud to be a key partner with the province and honoured to lead the community campaign to raise funds for this very important initiative," said Janice Filmon, incoming CancerCare Manitoba Foundation chair. "We are confident our generous donors throughout the province will be there, as they always are, supporting all Manitobans and their families living with cancer."

Preliminary planning will begin immediately to determine the full cost and identify how to best integrate the new facility into the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg campus. 


(Conceptual drawing)

 

Backgrounder

CANCER CARE IN MANITOBA

Since 1999, the provincial government has invested in cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment to improve cancer services for Manitobans.

These investments include:


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