Thanks to donors of the original Cancer Never Waits fundraising campaign, the QEII Foundation celebrated the opening of the James and Edna Claydon Radiation Treatment Clinic in 2012 which raised over $4-million. Aimed at reducing wait times and improving treatment options, the over $20-million expansion to the cancer centre – jointly funded by government and QEII Foundation donors – transformed the care journey for patients receiving radiation therapy at the QEII.
This transformation included establishing one of North America’s best and most innovative radiation treatment clinics, here, at the QEII and funding three new linear accelerators. These linear accelerators are specialized radiation equipment that provide unparalleled image guidance to target a patient’s tumour with the upmost precision and accuracy – avoiding harm to the surrounding healthy tissues. Targeting tumours with arcs of radiation beams like never before, the addition of three new linear accelerators significantly reduces treatment times for patients – and, ultimately, decreases radiation wait times overall.