New Radiation Unit Offers Treatment Not Previously Available in Western Hampton Roads

TrueBeam Linear Accelerator at Maryview Medical Center

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center is pleased to announce the completion of the expansion and renovation of the Martha W. Davis Cancer Treatment Center,  at 3640 High St., Portsmouth, located on the medical center’s campus.

Construction on the expansion began in August 2011, and installation of equipment and all the center renovations were completed in May 2012. The project included the addition of a 16-slice CT treatment planner, the expansion of the building to add a state-of-the-art TrueBeam™ linear accelerator to provide radiation therapy, upgrades to the high-dose radiation therapy unit, relocation of key pieces of equipment to improve treatment efficiency and flow, and the addition of a patient and family resource center. The total project represents an investment of more than $8 million in cancer care on the Maryview campus.

“Bon Secours continues to invest in the technology and facilities to ensure that our patients have an exceptional care experience at Bon Secours Maryview,” said Joseph M. Oddis, CEO for Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. “This is one of several key investments that we have made over the past 18 months at Bon Secours Maryview.”

The most recent investments have been the 17-bed, $2 million ICU that opened earlier this spring, a new cardiac catheterization unit, the interventional radiology suite and the addition of one of the few low-dose 32-slice CT scanners in our community.

“There continues to be a great need for comprehensive cancer care in Western Hampton Roads,” said Dr. Judith Blevins, radiation oncologist.  “We know that Portsmouth and Suffolk residents continue to have a significantly higher incident rate of cancer than the Virginia average and the national average.  One way to improve survivor rates is to improve access to state-of-the-art cancer care.  Our new equipment allows us to develop a more precise treatment plan, use a more focused treatment beam and, in many cases, deliver the treatment dose in a shorter time.”

Before bringing state-of-the art technology to Western Hampton Roads, residents of that area had to leave the region to receive state-of-the-art care. The new radiation therapy unit integrates a variety of high-tech features, including respiratory gating, imaging techniques and RapidArc®, which is a highly precise treatment that no other cancer center in Hampton Roads offers.

The Martha W. Davis Cancer Treatment Center is at the Medical Arts Building at Maryview, 3640 High St., Portsmouth, VA 23707.

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