PET/CT scanner for Kelowna

Madison Erhardt

World-class cancer diagnostics are coming to Kelowna.

The B.C. Cancer Foundation announced the completion of a $5-million campaign, Wednesday, to bring a PET/CT scanner to Kelowna.

“Thanks to thousands of generous donors, we are proud to say this vital technology will be closer to home for cancer patients across the Interior,” said Sarah Roth, CEO of the foundation. 

Kelowna residents Shane and Lisa Worman are among those donors. Both cancer survivors, they felt compelled to help make a difference for other families impacted by the disease.   

“Supporting cancer research and care is paramount to us,” Shane said. “Without it, Lisa and I wouldn’t be here today, and we are proud to be able to help patients in our community have access to the best in cancer care right here in Kelowna.” 

PET/CT scans play a vital role in cancer care – from diagnosis and treatment planning to evaluating the effectiveness of treatment and determining if a patient’s cancer has spread or returned.

“PET/CT technology enables us to make the most accurate diagnosis and provide the best treatment,” said Dr. Ross Halperin, regional medical director at the Kelowna cancer centre. “A PET/CT scanner in the Interior means patients will benefit to having access to crucial care much closer to home."

The scanner is expected to be up and running by 2020. 

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