SURREY, B.C. - People in Surrey and surrounding communities looking for information about cancer now have a new resource to answer their questions.
 
The Cancer Information Centre at the BC Cancer Agency’s Fraser Valley Centre offers books, audiovisuals and online resources on a range of topics, including cancer treatment, complementary and integrative medicine, side effects, nutrition and survivorship. The new centre will be staffed by a medical librarian and trained volunteers to help people find evidence-based answers to cancer-related questions.
 
A generous $50,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Surrey to the BC Cancer Foundation made the Cancer Information Centre possible. The money was raised through the club’s “Rotary Wine and Food Celebration.”
 
The BC Cancer Foundation worked with the Rotary Club of Surrey to ensure its donation would provide a lasting legacy for the public.
 
The Cancer Information Centre is located in the lobby of the BC Cancer Agency’s Fraser Valley Centre at 13750 96th Avenue, Surrey, and is open Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:00 pm. More information is available on the BC Cancer Agency’s library website.
 
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Cathy Rayment, Provincial Library Leader, BC Cancer Agency:
“Patients and family members faced with a cancer diagnosis find strength in the knowledge they obtain about the disease. With the opening of this library, we are able to empower more people to understand and make informed decisions about their health.”
 
Susan Thomas, Rotary Club member and Surrey community activist for 31 years:
“The Rotary Club of Surrey’s motto is “service above self.” Our project to donate $50,000 for a resource centre at the BC Cancer Agency will serve residents of Surrey and the Fraser Valley through the Agency's excellent collection of information resources.”
 
Douglas Nelson, President and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation:
“Thanks to the Rotary Club of Surrey‘s contribution, each patient at the Fraser Valley Centre will have access to enhanced resources throughout their cancer journey. Their support of the BC Cancer Foundation and BC Cancer Agency is sure to impact the lives of those diagnosed with cancer and their family members.”
 
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The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.