SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., June 29, 2009 – Radiation Therapy Services at the Central Massachusetts Cancer Center has treated its first patient at the state-of-the-art facility on the Harrington Hospital campus.
The patient was treated June 25 at the center, which is located at 55 Sayles Street on the Harrington campus.
The center is the first facility of its kind between Springfield and Worcester. The center features the latest technologies and treatments, such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), which focuses the radiation treatment on the tumor and helps spare normal tissue.
The center is a joint venture between Harrington Hospital and 21st Century Oncology, Inc. The entire facility is called the Central Massachusetts Cancer Center. The first floor, which offers radiation and other treatments, is operated by Radiation Therapy Services and is called Radiation Therapy Services at the Central Massachusetts Cancer Center. The second floor, called The Cancer Center at Harrington and operated by Harrington Hospital, will open later in the year and offer infusion services, counseling, and other oncology services including breast reconstruction surgery. Patients who are diagnosed with cancer may be referred for consultation with the Radiation Oncologist, Dr. T.J. Fitzgerald.
“We are honored to be providing radiation oncology services to the Central Massachusetts community,” said Dr. Daniel Dosoretz, President and CEO of Radiation Therapy Services, Inc. “We leverage our 20 years of clinical experience and our standardized operating model to provide high quality, cost effective patient care in a community setting.”
Ed Moore, President and CEO of Harrington Hospital, said, “Harrington Hospital, its staff, physicians and members of the community, have worked tirelessly to bring these advanced cancer treatment services to our community. To do so, we partnered with 21st Century Oncology, Inc., the largest owner and operator of Radiation Therapy Centers in the United States. Now patients will not have to travel long distances to receive the best in cancer treatment.”
Travel time is particularly important for radiation therapy patients. The average patient receives treatment five days a week for four to six weeks. For more information about receiving treatment at the center, log on to www.21stCenturyOncology.com.
21st Century Oncology, Inc. is a leading developer and operator of radiation therapy centers. These centers, which are freestanding and hospital based, provide a full spectrum of radiation therapy services to cancer patients. In its more than 20 years of operation, the company has developed an operating model which enables the companys centers to deliver high quality, cost effective patient care. Currently, the company operates more than 98 centers in 16 states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. For more information, go to www.21stCenturyOncology.com.