Cancer patients to benefit from CIBC's $150,000 donation to University Hospitals Kingston Foundation's Together We Can campaign
More treatment options, better access and comfort for regional cancer patients KINGSTON, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX;NYSE) is donating $150,000 to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation's Together We Can fundraising campaign for the redevelopment of Kingston's hospitals. The funds are specifically targeted for the expansion of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital. The doubling of facilities devoted to the care of cancer patients at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario is expected to help accommodate the increasing numbers of cancer patients in the region. In 2004, annual visits to the Centre numbered more than 75,000. Within the next 10 years, the number of visits is projected to be more than 104,000. "CIBC's commitment to breast cancer research, education and patient treatment is well known through the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. We are honoured that they have decided to make a generous contribution toward the Cancer Centre expansion," said Peter Merkley, Chair of the Foundation. "CIBC's donation will help us improve our facilities to cope with the anticipated surge in diagnosed cancer cases in our region, and provide better learning experiences for health care professionals in training and more opportunities for cancer research." "We are proud to help make the Foundation's vision a reality," said Sylvain Vinet, CIBC's Senior Vice-President of Retail Markets for Eastern Canada. "Doubling the size of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario will give it the much-needed ability to manage increasing patient numbers and to give those cancer patients better treatment, improved care and greater comfort." Today's gift brings CIBC's total commitment to Kingston's three hospitals to more than $600,000. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, United Way and the CIBC World Markets Children's Miracle Foundation, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2007, CIBC group of companies contributed more than $36 million worldwide to charitable organizations and community initiatives. Of this, $27 million was invested in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com/pas University Hospitals Kingston Foundation is the fundraising arm for Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care. Created in 2005, the Foundation raises money for programs, equipment, education and research that benefit the 500,000 people in Kingston and Southeastern Ontario served by the three teaching hospitals. To find out more about giving opportunities or to make a donation, call 613-549-5452 or toll-free 866-549-5452 or go online to www.kingstonhospitalsfoundation.ca. See attached backgrounder on the expansion of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.BACKGROUNDER Expansion of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern OntarioOUR SITUATION We need a new Cancer Centre It's been 30 years since the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario opened its doors in the Burr Wing at KGH. Since then our Cancer Centre has become one of the best in Ontario. The reason is a combination of our people, our programs and our education and research connections to Queen's University. But one thing is holding our Cancer Centre back - our overcrowded facility. As opportunities to improve cancer treatment and prevention have grown, the physical facility hasn't kept pace. We need a new Cancer Centre. A regional cancer powerhouse From Trenton to Prescott and Kingston to Bancroft, our Cancer Centre is the hub for Southeastern Ontario's regional cancer program, which connects our Cancer Centre to hospitals and community clinics throughout the area. It provides comprehensive outpatient cancer care across our region including: radiation, chemotherapy, palliative and supportive care, ambulatory cancer surgery and pediatric chemotherapy. And it provides in-patient and diagnostic services such as specialized cancer surgery, regional pathology services and stem cell transplants. It also participates in valuable research in areas such as clinical trials, health services, palliative care and radiation physics. Through its connection to Queen's University and other institutions the Cancer Centre is also a regional education centre for all kinds of health care professionals including nurses, oncologists, pharmacists, radiation therapists, dieticians and others. It also delivers a host of education services for patients and families. The need has never been greater One out of every three Ontarians will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their lives. Two out of three Ontario households have been touched by cancer. With our aging population cancer's reach is growing. Roughly 85 percent of new cancer cases occur in people aged 50 or older. It is expected that the number of newly diagnosed cancer cases will grow by about 65 percent by 2020 and 100 percent by 2028. Today, someone in Ontario is diagnosed with cancer every eight minutes. Ten years from now, it will be every six minutes. Never has there been such a need for improved cancer treatment in our region. The surge of cancer cases is actually higher in our region than elsewhere in the province. The average annual growth in new patients should be roughly three to four per cent. The number of patients at our Cancer Centre needing chemotherapy, for example, is increasing at a rate of eight to 10 percent. The primary reason is that our region is a retirement destination and has a higher proportion of seniors than other parts of Ontario. It also has a higher prevalence of people who are overweight and a higher proportion of daily smokers. Taken together, it means our Cancer Centre faces an even greater challenge than other regions in Ontario. A crowded place Every day, our Cancer Centre administers approximately 60 Chemotherapy treatments and over 100 radiation treatments. There are more than 75,000 patient visits every year and the number is growing. Within the next 10 years, the number of visits is projected to be about 105,000 visits. More than three times as many patients are seen at the centre today than when it first opened in 1977, but it is operating in essentially the same space as when it moved to its present location more than 30 years ago. It's overcrowded. The facility is barely meeting the current need of cancer patients and it has no capacity to absorb increasing patient volumes. Partly, this is a good news story. New therapies are improving outcomes, meaning that people with cancer are living longer than ever before. The overall five-year survival rate for patients with cancer now exceeds 50 per cent for most cancers. However, it also means that there are more and often longer treatments for patients, putting additional stress on the facility. The Ontario Cancer Plan, created in 2004 and administered by Cancer Care Ontario, was the first of its kind in Canada - a comprehensive roadmap for how health care providers and government should work together to prevent cancer and care for cancer patients today and tomorrow. Our Cancer Centre is an important part of that plan. However, it is the only cancer centre in Ontario that hasn't seen a major expansion or redevelopment. Our facilities are well below the standards for similar cancer treatment centres in Ontario. Quality measures such as infection control and occupational health and safety have suffered as a result. So, too, has recruitment and retention of health care professionals. The Centre can't accommodate new staff. Lack of comfort and privacy This year, more than 1,600 patients will receive radiation treatment at the Cancer Centre. They come for treatment every day for six to eight weeks. Treatment, consultation and waiting areas are all overcrowded and don't provide much in the way of space for patients' families. In the existing space, it's hard to introduce new technologies that will save time and give greater comfort to patients. The patient experience for those who receive chemotherapy treatments isn't any better. Some chemotherapy drugs take up to eight hours to administer. It's an exhausting process made more so by the space in which it is delivered - the crowded chemotherapy suite where there are no windows and little privacy. No dedicated children's space Nowhere are the space constraints more visible than our children's cancer services. Our Cancer Centre is the only one in Ontario where children receive treatment in an adult cancer clinic. The pediatric clinic is held two days a week. The rest of the time this space is used for adult clinics. It's hard to make an adult space into a child-friendly space. We need to give the children a dedicated place to play, to soothe their fears, and, if necessary, to dry their tears. Limited palliative and supportive care spaces Cancer can kill. When the news is bad, patients and their families need time to cope and space in which to do it. Our Cancer Centre doesn't have a designated palliative or supportive care place where patients can seek comfort from staff, support groups or their families and friends. Extra radiation machines are needed The radiation treatment machines at the Cancer Centre are state-of-the-art. The problem is that there just aren't enough of them. It's not just the increasing patient load that is stretching them to the limit; it's the nature of the machines themselves, which take months to be activated and months to be de-commissioned. That makes managing the flow of patients through the radiation suites a challenge. Leading research Many people may not be aware, but our Cancer Centre is at the forefront of cancer research in Canada. It is affiliated with the Clinical Trials Group of the National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Cancer Research Institute at Queen's University, both located just a block away. Researchers, faculty and students from both research institutes conduct a wide range of research that benefits our patients - from population studies of cancer, through tumor biology and clinical trials, to outcomes and health services research. That's why our Cancer Centre is one of the best in Ontario. We're fortunate to have such a resource in our region. Our people make the difference Our Cancer Centre may be overcrowded and aging but the care cancer patients receive is second-to-none. The reason is our staff. They bring their dedication and compassion to patients and their families. That's what makes the difference. Now it's time to give our people the tools they need to do even more.OUR VISION A new Cancer Centre We're doubling the size of the Cancer Centre. It will be a patient-focused facility providing improved care, comfort, treatment, education and clinical research in new and renovated space. And it will give the Cancer Centre the ability to manage increasing patient numbers. - The Burr Wing will be renovated and new floors will be added. That will give the Cancer Centre three floors of space - radiation treatment in the basement, clinic space and chemotherapy treatment on the first floor and administration on the second floor. - The building will be reoriented with the addition of an entranceway and a circular driveway. Inside, renovations will transform the existing space, providing greater comfort and privacy, safer experiences for patients and staff, meeting rooms for support groups and dedicated areas for palliative and supportive care. - Children's services will be located on the first floor and include pediatric exam rooms, treatment space and a large, well-equipped, child-friendly playroom dedicated for patients and their siblings. - The new space will include better education and research facilities for health care professionals, including more space for clinical trials. - The Chemotherapy treatment suite will move from the crowded, windowless basement to spacious, bright surroundings with large windows facing Lake Ontario. The treatment area will double in size and consultation rooms will be larger to better accommodate patients and their companions, as well as the needs of the mobility-challenged. The rooms will feature computer screens where doctors can review the most recent radiology images. Some rooms will be set up for video-conferencing so physicians can consult with colleagues and patients at other sites. And new features will be added to provide the latest infection control. - Two new radiation treatment bunkers will be added. One will house a fifth radiation machine and the other, referred to as a swing bunker, will remain empty to be used to house a replacement machine when one of the other machines is being replaced. This will help smooth the treatment capacity flow of the Centre. - A new high-dose brachytherapy suite will also be added. Brachytherapy involves inserting radiation seeds temporarily into patients so that a higher dose of radiation treatment can be delivered more directly to the area of the tumour. This treatment delivers better, more comfortable care for some patients with gynecological, lung and breast cancers, many of whom currently have to travel elsewhere for this treatment.
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