PET/CT delivers precise imaging technology that provides doctors with the information necessary to offer the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The use of PET/CT means a single, highly-effective test for the patient, which can save them from unnecessary radiation treatment, surgery, additional imaging tests and biopsies.

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PET/CT in B.C.

In B.C., there are currently two publicly funded PET/CT scanners, both located in Vancouver at the BC Cancer Agency. And while the province has been extremely efficient in the use of these two scanners, they are unable to meet current demand. 

That’s why the BC Cancer Foundation is launching a $5 million fundraising campaign for the purchase and installation of a new PET/CT scanner in Victoria at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre.

The BC Cancer Foundation is committed to bringing this critical care tool closer to home for thousands of patients. No longer will residents of Vancouver Island be burdened by having to travel to Vancouver for this important aspect of their cancer care. This will make a major impact on the lives of cancer patients not only in this region, but across the province.

Bringing PET/CT to Victoria 

The need for PET/CT technology on Vancouver Island is urgent and growing. In 2014, there were 1,270 PET/CT scans performed for patients in the Island Health region. This represents a 147% increase in the number of scans performed just five years previous. Many patients that require the test are also often too sick or don’t have the support network to get to the Lower Mainland for an appointment.

 


To learn more, and to help support PET/CT on the Island, please contact:

Alyssa Grace
Senior Director, Development
250.519.5554 or 1.866.519.5550
alyssa.grace@bccancer.bc.ca

 

Donor Investment is Key to Better Outcomes

The generosity of our donors allows the innovative clinical and scientific minds at the BC Cancer Agency to reach new heights of achievement. As we strive for a world free from cancer, now is the time to double our capacity for leading-edge PET/CT technology. With your investment, we will dramatically improve the lives of cancer patients.

Partners

Thrifty Foods is a longtime supporter of the BC Cancer Foundation and BC Cancer Agency and, inspired by the research taking place in the communities it serves, has helped up take a significant step towards bringing PET/CT to Vancouver Island. You can read more about their announcement here.