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Construction on Kamloops, B.C. cancer centre slated for 2025, health minister says – BC

Work on a long-awaited cancer center in Kamloops, British Columbia, appears to finally move forward.

In an announcement inside the city on Thursday, Health Minister Adrian Dix said a business plan for the facility had been completed, and construction is now scheduled to begin in 2025 with a completion target for 2028.

The five-story cancer center will include 10 exam rooms, two radiation therapy consultation rooms, a CT scan simulator and an outpatient ambulatory care unit.

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“The approval of the business plan is a critical milestone for this crucial project,” Dix said. “This state-of-the-art cancer center will benefit patients in and around Kamloops by giving them the confidence of knowing we are building treatment capacity for now and the future.”

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The centre, which will be located on the grounds of the Royal Inland Hospital, was a promise of the BC NDP in the 2020 provincial election. A conceptual plan for the facility was completed last year.

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Thompson Regional Hospital District President Mike O’Reilly said the facility can’t come soon enough, noting that advocacy work for a cancer center in the community began in 1998.

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“Our board and our residents will not stop advocating and working with our provincial government partners Interior Health and BC Cancer to ensure this center arrives on time and opens in 2028, because we know cancer will not wait,” he said.

The project is one of four cancer centers the province has committed to building, along with facilities in Nanaimo, Surrey and Burnaby.

The provincial government is joined by Interior Health and the Thompson Regional Hospital District to cover the estimated $359 million budget.

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— with CFJC archives

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