The Compass Summer 2022 - Page 7


Radiation oncology facility now open in Temple !

Radiation therapist Patricia Smith prepares one of two new linear accelerators .
Thank you to our donors for helping to bring advanced cancer care to even more patients in Central Texas .
ery few people live their lives without being touched by cancer — either their own illness or that of a loved one . In fact , the American Cancer Society estimates that one in two males and one in three females will develop cancer at some point during their lifetime .
Each year , 2,000 to 3,000 new cancer patients seek care at Baylor Scott & White Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center ( VCTC ) on our Temple campus , in addition to those already receiving care . About half of those patients need radiation therapy as part of their treatment . Your generosity is helping us meet this ever increasing need following the opening of the new radiation oncology facility adjacent to VCTC in April 2022 .
“ We are excited to expand our comprehensive cancer care services ,” says Stephen Sibbitt , MD , chief medical officer for Baylor Scott & White - Central Texas region . “ This
new facility will allow us to
“ Our ability to expand significantly improve the entire radiation oncology services patient experience and allow was severely limited by the us to perform more complex infrastructure we had — namely procedures with decreased concrete walls on all sides ,” wait times .” says Dr . Niloy J . Deb , chairman
The 27,800 square-foot and medical director of building features two linear radiation oncology in the accelerators with one extra Temple market . “ We needed vault for future expansion , a CT more space to continue to scanner with top-of-the-line update our technology with the imaging capabilities , an newer and larger machines , all-inclusive brachytherapy and to expand our patient care suite , a procedure room , and capabilities . This new facility is nine exam rooms . With the a dream come true .” new facility , providers can treat up to 70 patients per day .
Did you know ?
f VCTC was the first program in Texas to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer in 1932 , and has retained continuous accreditation for more than 80 years .
f VCTC is among only 4 percent of cancer programs nationwide to receive the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award for the last three consecutive survey cycles .