Donations fund $1.5 million CT Simulator to support Island cancer patients

Donations fund $1.5 million CT Simulator to support Island cancer patients – July 4th

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is pleased to share that with donor support the $1.5 million needed for the purchase of a new CT Simulator for the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH has been met.

Ed Lawlor, Chair of the QEH Foundation Board, said that reaching this milestone, especially during this challenging time of COVID-19, is a testament to the generosity of the Foundation’s loyal donors.

“I would like to extend special gratitude to our dedicated individuals, volunteers, groups and partners in the business community who supported our Friends for Life campaign. We are also grateful to have received tremendous support from our dedicated telethon donors even though the 2020 QEH/Eastlink Telethon had to be cancelled.”

Of the approximate 1,000 Islanders that will be diagnosed with cancer this year, half will require some type of radiation treatment. The new CT Simulator will provide high-quality images that will allow health care professionals to more clearly identify the exact location, shape, and size of the tumour to be treated.

QEH Radiation Oncologist and Head of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Larry Pan, says the work of the Foundation and its donors is instrumental in making world-class cancer care a reality on the Island.

“The diagnosis of cancer is devastating enough, so for a cancer patient to need to temporarily relocate to receive radiation treatments would not optimally meet the needs of Islanders. Having access to care close to home is paramount to providing the best care and outcome for patients while ensuring the highest quality of life possible,” says Pan. “We don’t want just basic cancer care — we want the best possible care with modern state-of-the-art equipment. Together we are making this happen on the Island. Soon we can do even better with a new CT Simulator.”

The QEH Foundation Board and staff gratefully acknowledge the heartfelt community support behind this fundraising success and look forward to the arrival of the new CT Simulator at the QEH in the coming months.


For more information, contact:
Helen Chapman, Director Communications and Donor Relations