Visit of the new “ultramodern” cancer center of the CHU de Québec

Located on the site of the Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus, the new Integrated Cancer Center (CIC) will offer several services, including radiation oncology, outpatient oncology consultations, chemotherapy and clinical researchcan be read on the website of the university hospital of Quebec.

Preparations are well underway for the move according to the university hospitalthe first patients are expected on site from 17 May.

I feel really feverish. Feverish and serene I would tell youenthuses Maria Gabriela Ruiz Mangas director of oncology, university hospital of Quebec-Laval University.

With its imposing windows, its sleek, bright decor, and its green roof, we are a far cry from the cramped corridors and concrete walls that characterize many buildings in the Quebec health system.

This architectural choice is voluntary, according to Dr. Isabelle Germain, medical director of the cancer program at the Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus.

It allows patients that when they come to treatments they feel more alive, they don’t feel like they are “going down into the cellar”, having treatments, thinking about death, thinking about the consequences of their cancer. They stay connected with lifeshe explains.

A medical device in the treatment and detection of cancer.

The new Integrated Cancer Center (CIC) will be at the cutting edge of technology.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Pascal Poinlane

A large number of medical devices from the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec will be transferred to the new centre. Several new state-of-the-art devices have also been added. These will make it possible to offer more precise care, 21st century treatments that were more difficult to obtain, or else in very small volumes to be given at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québecadds Isabelle Germain.

A giant

In the short term, the CIC will allow the treatment of 300 to 500 patients per day.

the university hospital de Québec has great hopes in this new center which must not only serve patients in the eastern part of the province, but also attract more workers, in a context of labor shortage.

The Integrated Cancer Center is a major asset in terms of staff recruitment and retentionexplains Jean-Thomas Grantham, spokesperson for the university hospital of Quebec.

An aerial view of the Integrated Cancer Center (CIC) on the site of the Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus

The Integrated Cancer Center (CIC)

Photo: CHU de Québec-Laval University

He hopes that the advantages of the new building: the bright architecture, the interior courtyard, the adapted work spaces, access to showers and rest areas, will make caregivers want to come and work there.

Needs in oncology are likely to increase over the next few years.

You know cancer unfortunately it increases. One out of two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer, and with that also comes access to these treatments that are necessary. »

A quote from Maria Gabriela Ruiz Mangas, director of oncology at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval


the CIC cost $650 million.

This is only the first stage of the future hospital center of the Child Jesus, which must be in operation in 2027. The initial bill for the project of 1.96 billion dollars had to be revised upwards to 2, $24 billion due to the pandemic and rising material costs.

Most of the staff and patients of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec will be transferred there by 2027.

the CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale will have the mandate to find a new vocation for the premises of the Hôtel-Dieu, which will then be vacant.

With the collaboration of Pierre-Alexandre Bolduc and Pascal poinlane

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