The provincial government says they’re committed to continuing to extend the hours of operation of cancer care centres in Alberta.
Health minister Sarah Hoffman said with a growing number of people needing cancer care, longer hours of service can help reduce the stress of scheduling treatment for patients.
“Cancer patients require a full commitment of care during their very personal and difficult journeys,” Hoffman said. “We are committed to ensure they get timely access to the services they need.”
In October, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton expanded its hours.
In January, the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic at the Tom Baker Centre in Calgary extended its weekday hours as well, and opened its doors on weekends for outpatient treatment.
Hoffman said with an increase in the number of patients needing treatment, expanding the hours of service just makes sense.
“Extending the hours of operation at out two largest cancer treatment centres makes a difference in the lives of those patients,” Hoffman said. “And with this increase in hours, there’s a need to increase staff to care for those patients as well.”
The Alberta Cancer Foundation says every day, 43 more Albertans are diagnosed with cancer. (With files from Newstalk770/km)