B.C. approves business plan for $359M cancer centre
Officials say as the population grows and ages, the number of people diagnosed with cancer will increase.
- B.C. has approved the business plan for a $359 million cancer centre at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH).
- The procurement process is underway. Construction is expected to begin in 2025 and complete in 2028.
- The five-storey facility will be built on the Westlands site on the RIH campus.
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Officials have approved the business plan for the new BC Cancer centre at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) in Kamloops.
“Approval of the business plan is a critical milestone for this crucial project,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “This state-of-the-art cancer centre will benefit patients in Kamloops and the surrounding area by offering the confidence from knowing that we’re building treatment capacity for now and the future.”
The five-storey facility will be built on the Westlands site on the RIH campus. There will be space for radiation treatment, radiation-therapy planning, including a CT Simulator, an outpatient ambulatory-care unit, including 10 exam rooms, and two consultation rooms for radiation-therapy services, an additional MRI suite, and patient arrival and check-in areas.
The centre will have three linear accelerator vaults. These heavy, concrete structures contain radiation equipment used for cancer-patient treatment. In collaboration with Indigenous partners, there will also be a sacred space for patients, caregivers and staff, with features to support traditional ceremonies.
“This is an exciting step forward in our work to bring new treatment options to this region,” said Dr. Kim Chi, executive vice-president and chief medical officer, BC Cancer. “The new BC Cancer centre in Kamloops will increase our capacity to deliver radiation treatment closer to home for the people of Kamloops and surrounding communities for generations to come.”
A new 470-stall parkade will also be constructed as a part of the centre.
In addition, upgrades to RIH to expand cancer care have also been approved, which includes updating and expanding the pharmacy, and relocation and expansion of the Community Oncology Network clinic from the eighth floor to the main floor with more space and improved access.
Cancer care delivered through the clinic includes oral and intravenous cancer treatment, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and hormonal therapy. The clinic also provides initial consultation and treatment planning with a medical oncologist, supportive care, followup care and patient education.
The procurement process is underway. Construction is expected to begin in 2025 and complete in 2028.
The project budget is approximately $359 million, shared between the provincial government, Interior Health and Thompson Regional Hospital District.