11/20/2013 02:46 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Central Alberta Cancer Centre In Red Deer Updated, Expanded

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RED DEER, Alta. - People living in central Alberta are getting some help with cancer treatment closer to home.

Premier Alison Redford was on hand in Red Deer for the opening of the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

It is linked to the Red Deer Regional Hospital and has four times the clinical space of the cancer care centre it is replacing.

The centre will handle an expected 15,000 patient visits in its first year while its radiation facilities will treat more than 600 cases annually.

The centre is part of a planned north-south radiation corridor to put treatment centres in major centres.

Once completed, the corridor will mean nine out of every 10 patients will be able to get radiation treatment within 100 kilometres of where they live.

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