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Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau at CHU Sainte-Justine


The Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau opened its doors on January 21, 1995 at CHU Sainte-Justine.

It serves the entire population of Quebec and allows close to 1,100 children with cancer to benefit from the best care available.

As part of its ongoing fight against cancer, the Fondation Charles-Bruneau inaugurated a second pavilion on October 29, 2007. Spanning 4,000 square meters over five floors, the expansion adjacent to the existing pavilion allows the Centre to develop an integrated approach at once more effective and better adapted to children's needs.

The Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau features more research laboratories (umbilical cord blood bank, oncology pharmacy) and beds for hospitalized children. As well, the number of transplant units has doubled from six to 12.

The consolidation of medical and paramedical teams and of adjuvant therapies-art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, and so forth-also helps to increase the children's chances of recovery while minimizing inconveniences related to treatment.


Some Statistics

Pediatric cancer in Quebec

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death among persons aged 1 to 18;
  • One person in 400 is diagnosed with cancer before the age of 15;
  • More than half of children with cancer are under 5 years old at the time of diagnosis;
  • Only one third of children with cancer have leukemia; the remaining two thirds have solid tumours;
  • Some 70% of persons treated at the Centre are from outside Montreal;
  • The incidence of cancer is higher among boys than among girls;
  • Since 1980, rates of recovery from lymphoblastic leukemia have gone from 35% to more than 85%.

The Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau

  • The Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, the only facility of its kind in Quebec, enjoys an
    international reputation;
  • All pediatric bone marrow transplants in Quebec are conducted at the Centre de cancérologie
  • More than 1,100 children are followed annually at the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau;
  • The average age of children treated at the Centre is 7;
  • Since it opened in 1995, the Centre has recorded close to 180,000 outpatient visits and treatments (15,000/year);
  • More than 80 researchers work at the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau.