RICHMOND COUNTY, G.A. (WFXG) -ON WEDNESDAY, GEORGIA CANCER CENTER HELD A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR IT’S NEWLY EXPANDED AND RENOVATED RADIATION THERAPY BUILDING. THE IMPROVEMENTS WERE MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE HELP OF A NEARLY $10 MILLION INVESTMENT FROM gEORGIA GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP AND STATE LAWMAKERS.

Director, of Georgia CANCER CENTER, DR. JORGE CORTES SAYS THESE ADDITIONS ARE GAME CHANGERS, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO TREATING CHILDREN. BY MAKING ANESTHESIA AVAILABLE FOR PATIENTS, WHILE THEY ARE GETTING RADIATION THERAPY. “AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, HAVING A SMALL CHILD WHO NEEDS TO BE STILL WHILE THEY ARE GETTING THE RADIATION THERAPY IS DIFFICULT," SAYS CORTES. "IF YOU PUT THEM UNDER ANESTHESTIA THEY WILL REMAIN STILL AND THAT INCREASES THE SAFETY BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE RADIATING OTHER AREAS THAT IF THEY MOVE THEY COULD BE DAMAGING OTHER ORGANS.” IT WILL ALSO BE A GREAT BENEFIT FOR ADULTS WHO NEED IT.

augusta university president, brooks keel, BELIEVES THE FACILITY AND ITS EQUIPMENT WILL HELP FULFILL A BIG NEED, IN THE AREA AND BEYOND. “OUR FREESTANDING CLINICAL AND RESEARCH BUILDING ARE JOINED NOT ONLY BY A PHYSICAL BRIDGE," says keel. "BUT, ALSO CONNECTED BY A PHILOSOPHICAL BRIDGE, BASED ON A BENCH TO BED-SIDE COLLABORATION AND A PATIENT-CENTERED APPROACH.”

WITH THAT PATIENT-CENTERED APPROACH IN MIND. ANOTHER PRIORITY, WAS MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO RECOVERY ROOMS AND EMPLOYEE WORK SPACES that THEY SAY MAKE THE AREAS MORE CALMING AND HELP TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL PATIENT EXPERIENCE.

INVESTMENTS WERE also USED TO PURCHASE A RADIXACT LINEAR ACCELERATOR. A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT That DELIVERs MORE PRECISE RADIATION TREATMENT TO CANCER PATIENTS WITH A TUMOR TRACKING FUNCTION. CHIEF MEDICAL PHYSICIST, CHULHAENG HUH explains in part that, “THE BEAM CAN TRACK DOWN THE TUMOR MOTION...SO, IT Will noT MISS ANY TARGET.” additionally, he SAYS IT’S ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED SYSTEMS IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY.

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