07/08/2015 01:50 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 05:59 EDT

Alberta's New Cancer Centre To Be Built At Foothills Hospital

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CALGARY - Alberta's NDP government says a new cancer centre will be built at Calgary's Foothills hospital.

The province announced Wednesday that two potential sites have been identified at the medical centre.

It says more analysis is required before a final decision on the exact location is made. Further details, including a timeline and budget, are to be released in the fall.

The future of the centre was in doubt after the previous Tory government said its services would be split between the Foothills and the South Health Campus.

Many opposed the plan, saying it didn't make sense for patients to travel across the city for different phases of care.

The centre is to house inpatient beds, outpatient services, radiation therapy and systemic therapy, including chemotherapy.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said putting all services under one roof means less stress for patients and their families.

Opposition Wildrose critic Drew Barnes said he's concerned about the lack of details for the project, especially the cost, considering the former government said a centre at Foothills could cost $2 billion.

"This project has been announced and reannounced since 2005. The Foothills site has been fully studied and planned for over two years," he said.

"There's no reason for more delays."

(CFFR, The Canadian Press)

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