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UK, Mt. Sterling’s Mary Chiles Hospital to open Outpatient Cancer Treatment Center

By Tammy Gay or Jill Holder

 

The Department of Radiation Medicine at the UK College of Medicine funded the building, which will be a 3,000 to 3,500-square-foot brick building that will feature a linear accelerator, a simulator, a mold room, exam rooms and offices. The accelerator, which will be housed in a cement vault with walls up to eight feet thick, treats tumors with an external beam of radiation. Patients are prepared for treatment in the simulator, where X-rays of the tumor are taken and a special computer system is used to plan the patient’s treatment. Molds of the area to be treated then are poured in the mold room.

 

Feb. 19, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center broke ground Tuesday on a new outpatient cancer treatment center for patients in Montgomery and surrounding counties.

Gateway Radiation Medicine Center, located on Stone Trace Drive in Mt. Sterling’s Silver Creek development , is a collaborative effort of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and Mary Chiles Hospital. The Center is targeted to be open in the fall.

UK has collaborated with other community hospitals in Berea, Maysville, Georgetown and Morehead to open cancer treatment centers closer to patients’ homes.

“When a patient is ill, the drive to and from Lexington can seem twice as long as it actually is,” said Mohammed Mohiuddin, M.D., professor and chair of the departments of Radiation Medicine and Radiology, UK College of Medicine. “We’re trying to bring the treatment closer to the patients.”

“The University of Kentucky has developed a national reputation for cancer care,” said Patrick Romano, CEO, Mary Chiles Hospital. “Mary Chiles Hospital is excited about working with the University of Kentucky to bring these outstanding services closer to the patients we serve.”

The Department of Radiation Medicine at the UK College of Medicine funded the building, which will be a 3,000 to 3,500-square-foot brick building that will feature a linear accelerator, a simulator, a mold room, exam rooms and offices.

The accelerator, which will be housed in a cement vault with walls up to eight feet thick, treats tumors with an external beam of radiation. Patients are prepared for treatment in the simulator, where X-rays of the tumor are taken and a special computer system is used to plan the patient’s treatment. Molds of the area to be treated then are poured in the mold room.

As many as 35 patients will be treated per day at the clinic, which will be staffed by a radiation medicine physician, a radiation therapist and a receptionist.


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