QEII Cancer Centre

Background

As part of QEII New Generation project, the QEII Health Sciences Centre will be redeveloped and services will be moved out of the aging Victoria, Centennial and Dickson Buildings on the Victoria General site.

Care and services will be delivered at Hants Community Hospital or Dartmouth General Hospital, or the new Bayers Lake QEII Community Outpatient Centre or the expanded and renovated QEII Health Sciences Centre Halifax Infirmary (HI) campus.

Services

  • Initial and follow-up visits for:
    • radiation, chemo and surgical oncology
    • ear-nose-throat and gynecological oncology
    • hematology
    • palliative care
    • supportive care (social work, counselling)
  • 48 examination rooms
  • 15 counselling rooms
  • about 60 chemotherapy chairs
  • Clinical trials and research

Benefits

  • Reducing wait times and improving access to care by providing care/treatment in one location eliminating the need to transfer patients between sites (VG and HI)
  • Improving access to emergency care for cancer patients
  • Supporting the use of telemedicine by implementing state-of-the-art technology
  • Allowing teams to work more closely on patient care, improving collaboration between cancer care and other specialties
  • Creating a modern facility with advanced equipment and technology to help recruit and retain health professionals
  • Improving research, teaching opportunities and clinical trials

Quick facts about the QEII Cancer Centre

  • Atlantic Canada’s largest cancer centre
  • New centre designed to accommodate about 15,000 new visits (diagnosis) and 52,000 follow-up visits a year
  • Over 260 cancer treatments a day (includes chemo and radiation therapies, and all IV treatments)
  • Have some of the most advanced radiation machines in the country
  • Currently more than 80 ongoing clinical trials