May 20, 2015

After years of planning, fundraising and construction, the CAMC Cancer Center has opened its doors to patients.

From the moment you enter the soaring lobby with its abundance of artwork, you realize the CAMC Cancer Center has been thoughtfully designed to inspire hope– and outfitted to facilitate healing.

With input from staff, doctors, donors and patients, the CAMC Cancer Center took shape as a place of accessibility, convenience, hope and healing.

“This is not just a building with CAMC’s name on it,” said Gail Pitchford, president of the CAMC Foundation. “Employees rallied behind this cause. They believed in it so passionately and so deeply that they gave from their own pockets to give those fighting the greatest fight of their lives the best possible chance for survival.”

The new center brings comprehensive services to one beautiful, spacious, convenient place: diagnostics, radiology, chemotherapy and infusion to pharmacy, dietary counseling and psychological support.

Spacious, sunlit rooms; treatment areas equipped with multiple chairs to allow communal therapy sessions; room for family and friends to sit privately with patients during therapy; and perhaps best of all, a second-floor outdoor terrace where patients can opt to receive therapy while enjoying the sun or soothing breezes give patients and their loved ones a welcoming, comfortable environment.

The first-floor entrance via the grand lobby features a boutique – complete with pedicure stations and massage tables – as well as a fireplace, piano and spacious waiting areas with tables and chairs. The lobby also provides access to a café.

From the physicians to the patient navigators to the nursing staff, the entire team at the CAMC Cancer Center helps guide and support patients and their loved ones from the very beginning, assisting them with all aspects of treatment and care.

Radiation oncology services will be located on the first floor of the cancer center once installation of all-new equipment is completed in the fall.

Also located on the first floor of the cancer center is a private entrance to an elevator that will take patients to The Breast Center on the third floor, which relocated from Women and Children’s Hospital. The Breast Center provides services including mammograms and when needed, breast biopsies and consultations with breast surgeons, in one central location.

“This cancer center has been developed with patients, families and the community in mind,” said CAMC CEO and President Dave Ramsey. “We hope someday that cancer will be a distant memory, but until then, we’ll be here for whoever needs us.”

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