BC Cancer Centre announcement at the new Surrey Hospital. A sign with the letter "H" in the center of the picture. Dr. Victoria Lee and Premier John Horgan wearing masks standing to the left of the sign. Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Kim Nguyen Chi wearing masks standing to the right of the sign.
Credit: Government of British Columbia

People living in Surrey and surrounding communities will soon have improved access to cancer care with the addition of a regional cancer centre at the second Surrey hospital.

“Nothing is more important than the health of your family, and for people dealing with cancer, having access to treatment close to home is especially welcome,” said Premier John Horgan. “The cancer centre at the new Surrey Hospital will deliver high quality, comprehensive and compassionate cancer care services for patients and their families in their fast-growing community.”

Services at the cancer centre are expected to include treatment, supportive care, research, education and innovative technologies, such as virtual health. The centre will also be a hub of excellence for clinical and academic activities in order to attract top professionals.

“The second Surrey hospital is not just a community hospital, it's a state-of-the-art, 21st-century centre for health care, which has now expanded to include cancer treatment services,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Though the rapidly growing city of Surrey is young, it also has an increasing population of seniors. This means the demand for cancer care will also increase, and our government is taking immediate action to improve health care for people living in this region for years to come.”

This will be B.C.’s seventh regional cancer centre, with existing centres in Surrey Memorial Hospital, as well as Abbotsford, Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria.

“Cancer is a very complex disease requiring specialized infrastructure and equipment. While B.C. has some of the best outcomes in Canada, we must continue to build provincial capacity to ensure we are meeting the needs of our population,” said Benoit Morin, president and chief executive officer, Provincial Health Services Authority. “I would like to express my thanks to Premier Horgan, Minister Dix and our partners at Fraser Health for supporting us as we look forward to building a stronger cancer care system across the province.”

Surrey’s new hospital will be built in Cloverdale beside the Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus at 5500 180 St.

“BC Cancer-Surrey opened 25 years ago and we have been an important part of the community for decades,” said Dr. Kim Nguyen Chi, vice-president and chief medical officer, BC Cancer.   "We all know someone who has been touched by cancer. Our talented and dedicated staff don’t just provide cancer care; they provide support during a very difficult and stressful time for most people. Our second centre in Surrey shows a commitment to providing person-centred care and supporting people where they are in the community."

The business-plan phase, confirming project scope and budget for the facility, has been underway since December 2019 and is expected to be finalized by late 2020. The project will then proceed to procurement, followed by construction.

“A cancer diagnosis can be daunting and we want to provide patients with a seamless care journey so they can focus on getting well,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and chief executive officer. “We’re excited to partner with BC Cancer on a fourth cancer centre for our growing region, as having cancer care and other health-care services in one location means patients will have easier access to a spectrum of timely care when they need it most.”

Quick Facts:

  • One in two British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, with many of the new cases occurring among people in the Fraser Health region.
  • By 2027, it is anticipated that one in three new cancer diagnoses in the province are projected to be in the Fraser Health area, 50% greater than the number of new cases expected for Vancouver Coastal Health in the same time frame.
  • BC Cancer provides comprehensive, person-centred care that integrates patients and families, supportive care services, digital health technologies, cutting-edge research and individualized treatments. It operates seven regional centres throughout the province.

Quotes:

Jagrup Brar, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood
“The expanded plans for the new hospital to include a cancer care centre is great news for Surrey, as people will have a second local option to get care close to home.”

Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers
“When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, we want to make sure they are getting the care they need and the new cancer care centre that will be included in the new Surrey Hospital is great news for the community.”

Garry Begg, MLA for Surrey-Guildford
“The new Surrey hospital is big new for people in the community and with the announcement that it will also include a cancer care centre means our government continues to take action to serve the public health-care needs of local residents.”

Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton
“A cancer diagnosis is one of the most anxious times anyone could face. A cancer treatment centre at the new Surrey hospital means people will be able to receive compassionate care close to home and I thank Premier Horgan and Minister Dix for taking steps to make this happen.” 

Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama

“Cancer care can be fraught with diagnostic procedures and fear of the unknown, which is why I am grateful that our government is including a cancer treatment centre at the new Surrey hospital so Surrey residents can have some peace of mind knowing they can get treatment in their local community.” 

Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North

“The cancer treatment centre at the new Surrey Hospital means local care for families and I know people will take comfort in the fact that if a loved one is getting treatment, they will be nearby for emotional support, and not a long distance away.”

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