Kelowna to get ad­vanced di­ag­nos­tic scan­ner

The Daily Courier - - WESTSIDE WEEKLY -

The prov­ince’s third PET/CT scan­ner, the most ad­vanced di­ag­nos­tic tool avail­able to­day, will be lo­cated in Kelowna.

BMO Fi­nan­cial Group has part­nered with the B.C. Can­cer Foun­da­tion to see the scan­ner in­stalled at the B.C. Can­cer Agency’s Sindi Ah­luwalia Hawkins Cen­tre for the South­ern In­te­rior. From now un­til Oct. 31, BMO Fi­nan­cial Group will match do­na­tions made to­ward the pur­chase of the PET/CT scan­ner, up to $500,000.

“At BMO, we be­lieve in giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ties where our cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees live,” says Steven Jensen, a re­gional vice-pres­i­dent of BMO Fi­nan­cial Group.

This year, more than 900 can­cer pa­tients across the South­ern In­te­rior will re­quire a PET/CT scan. Cur­rently, pa­tients and their fam­i­lies have to travel to Van­cou­ver, where both of the prov­ince’s two pub­licly funded scan­ners are lo­cated.

The scan­ner helps doc­tors make the most ac­cu­rate di­ag­no­sis pos­si­ble and pro­vide the best treat­ment, says Dr. Ross Halperin of the Can­cer Agency. Of­ten, he says, it can save pa­tients from un­nec­es­sary ra­di­a­tion treat­ment, sur­vey and biop­sies.

The match­ing gift op­por­tu­nity is part of a broader cam­paign to dou­ble PET/CT ca­pac­ity across the prov­ince. You can do­nate on­line at bc­cancer­foun­da­tion.com/PET.

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