Today, community leaders along with the administrative team, physicians and members of the clinical team broke ground on an addition to the Martha W. Davis Cancer Center, located on the campus of Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. The medical center’s $8 million investment in cancer care will include the installation of a state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, a radiation therapy unit. In addition, the center will add a 16-slice wide-boar CT scanner, an imaging device used in the planning of cancer treatments. Renovations are anticipated to be complete in early 2012.
Virginia ranks #43 nationally in overall cancer incidence, the rate of cancer in Hampton Roads is slightly higher than the state average. Additionally, cancer rates in Portsmouth and Suffolk are significantly higher than both the Virginia average and higher than the national average.
“There is a continued need for outstanding cancer care in the Western Hampton Roads community,” said Judith Blevins, MD, radiation oncologist with Martha W. Davis Cancer Center. “The addition of these state-of-the-art technologies will allow us to provide the latest therapies for people with cancer.”
The new unit integrates a variety of high-tech features including respiratory gating, imaging techniques and Rapid Arc which is a highly precise treatment that no other cancer center in Hampton Roads offers.
“Bon Secours Maryview has a long history of providing expert cancer care to the residents of Western Hampton Roads since our inception in the mid 1940’s,” said Joseph M. Oddis, CEO, Bon Secours Maryview. “The benefit to all of these complex features is very simple – our patients will now have access to a state-of-the-art radiation therapy program and sophisticated cancer treatments that have never been in the community before.”