UNC REX Healthcare has plans to open a new cancer facility in Raleigh of North Carolina to meet the increasing demand for oncology treatment and services.

Design plans of the facility, which will be located across UNC’s main Raleigh campus, are still being finalised, and construction will start in the spring of 2019.

The four-story, 145,000ft2 facility is slated to open in late 2020.

UNC REX president Steve Burriss said: “We believe our new Cancer Center will create a hub for oncology care for patients from across Wake County and Eastern North Carolina.

“UNC REX has long been known as the leader in Wake County for providing the highest quality, compassionate cancer care to patients and support for families. This center will provide a new home to care for more people who rely on us for treatment and support during a cancer diagnosis.

“Through our partnership with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and N.C. Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, UNC REX patients will continue to benefit from the best in academic medicine, research and clinical trials through strong collaboration among physician colleagues there.”

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Besides the core cancer care, the new facility will provide a variety of support services for cancer patients, including behavioural health care, palliative care, massage therapy, holistic treatment and more.

New infusion bays will be designed to support patients and their families.

UNC REX Hematology Oncology medical director Dr Susan Moore said: “The physicians and other caregivers are especially pleased to have the space to offer even more support services to our patients and their families.

“We are proud of the personal connections we develop with our patients and their families. Every inch of our new cancer center is being developed with our patients in mind. It also allows for new opportunities to partner in patient care with our colleagues at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

The new facility will double the space for cancer care on the UNC REX campus, besides helping to streamline the work of multidisciplinary oncology teams.

It will consolidate two existing areas, including the main REX Cancer Center, and a satellite clinic on Blue Ridge Road.

This centre will also collaborate with UNC REX’s satellite cancer clinics in Cary, East Raleigh, Wakefield, Garner, Smithfield and Clayton.