Comprehensive cancer center opens doors

Peninsula Regional Health System cut the ribbon on its new RIchard A. Henson Cancer Institute in Ocean Pines Wednesday evening.  The event featured tours for the public.

Dr. Feras Abdul-Khalek, the center's lead oncologist, says this center wil provide more comfort because "they live here, their families are here, and they want to be treated here and that's a great option."

And when receiving treatment for cancer, comfort can make all the difference.  With the opening of the new facility, patients can now receive treatment a bit closer to home.

"When you have to have oncology and cancer related treatment that can last for many hours, in an infusion center or high degree of frequency with radiation treatments, having it close to home is crucial," said President and CEO Steven Leonard.

Roughly 25 percent of patients at the Peninsula Regional Cancer Center in Salisbury had been traveling from Worcester County or lower Sussex County.  A long ride for cancer patients, such as Julie Littleton from Pittsville.

"It's wonderful because it's close to home. It closer for me because I've been going to Salisbury."

Julie is battling stage four colon cancer, and was impressed by some of the features the new center has to offer, including its on-site lab.

"They have a lab in here where they actually do their testing here right next door, which is great.  You don't have to wait 3 or 4 days for testing now."

Aside from its own lab, the facility includes its own pharmacy and a video teleconference room where a team of doctors from Ocean Pines and Salisbury will discuss creating treatment plans every morning.

The care will include traditional radiation oncology, medical oncology and infusion services.

"The intent here is to build services that really allow people to have health and wellness without coming to a hospital," said Leonard.

We're told the Cancer Institute will also have multi-million dollar state of the art radiation therapy system that is accurate within less than milliimeter.that will help save healthy tissue while killing cancer cells.

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