A new cancer treatment centre is open in Red Deer, the Alberta government announced on Wednesday.

The Central Alberta Cancer Centre reduce demand on cancer facilities in Edmonton and Calgary, allowing more patients to get the care more quickly, the government said in a release.

The $46-million centre, which is adjacent to the Red Deer Regional Health Care Centre, has four times the clinical space of the city’s old facility.

All cancer services will be moved to the facility, including radiation and chemotherapy treatments, day unit treatments and outpatient clinics as well as education, counselling and other social support services.

“This centre will house cutting-edge technology and give patients earlier diagnosis and treatment closer to home. We’re going to keep fighting cancer, together,” said Premier Alison Redford.

The centre, owned and operated by Alberta Health Services, is expected to serve more than 15,000 patients in its first year.

Nearly 16,400 Albertans are diagnosed with cancer every year and more than 5,500 people die, the government said.