October 19, 2004

Judie Havers
Communications Consultant
London Regional Cancer Program,
London Health Sciences Centre

Radiation Program Bunker Expansion Opens

On Wednesday, October 20th, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP), London Health Sciences Centre will officially open a $3.9 million expansion of its radiation treatment program.

The expansion includes 2 new state-of-the-art linear accelerators and related control areas. Patient treatments have started on one of the new machines and the second machine is expected to begin clinical treatments by the end of October.

"We are delighted with the rapid completion of this project," said Michael Sherar, Vice President, LRCP, LHSC. "LRCP can now begin the process of upgrading existing radiation treatment machines without losing valuable treatment capacity during the upgrades."

Waiting times for access to radiation treatment have continued to improve over the past 12 months and, after the equipment upgrades are complete, LRCP will, in fact, increase treatment capability.

Glenn Bauman, Medical Director of the Radiation Treatment Program at LRCP says, "The availability of up to date radiation equipment is very important in enabling us to meet the increasing demand for timely care for cancer patients in our region."

Her Worship Mayor Anne Marie DiCicco, who officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for this project on June 10, 2003, will be in attendance and will cut the ribbon with patient Mr. Harvey Free, officially opening this new treatment area.

The LRCP is a program of London Health Sciences Centre, and serves a population base of 1.2 million people in 9 counties across Southwestern Ontario. LRCP provides radiation therapy and complex chemotherapy, as well as a complete range of support services for cancer patients and their families.