U of C facility largest in Canada for colon cancer
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
Citing it as a huge step forward in colon cancer treatment, the Calgary Health Region and University of Calgary unveiled the largest colon cancer-screening centre in the country.
The Forzani & MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre will see about 10,000 people this year and twice as many next year.
Associate dean for the faculty of medicine at the U of C Dr. Ron Bridges said the partnership with the U of C will prove long and fruitful.
“This is a tremendous step forward in preventing and treating colon cancer. We can prevent colon cancer if we detect it though screening at its earliest stages,” he said.
The new centre is located in the U of C Teaching, Research and Wellness building and is named after its two founding donors, The Forzani Group Foundation and the MacPhail family.
“What excited me most about this project from the very start is the preventative aspect. This isn’t about detecting cancer early, this is about preventing it all together,” John Forzani, president of the Forzani group said.
The centre will represent a 50-per-cent increase in endoscopic capacity for CHR and will not only improve access but shorten wait times for screening. The centre features six endoscopy rooms, three reprocessing rooms, six nurse-clinician pre-assessment rooms and 24 recovery beds.