The University of Tennessee Medical Center in the US has opened a new cancer institute to address the probable increase in cancer cases in the next two decades.
The 108,000ft² facility will house the Cancer Institute’s breast centre, an imaging centre, treatment and chemotherapy areas, a laboratory, clinical offices, conference rooms and supportive integrative health services.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center president and CEO Joe Landsman said the new institute will provide the best possible healing environment for patients and their families.
"Our patients and their families joined our dedicated and highly trained physicians, nurses and staff of the Cancer Institute in the planning of the building," Landsman added.
"As a result, we’ve incorporated elements of design and functionality that are important to those receiving and delivering care."
The $23m facility is expected to bring together the medical centre’s outpatient cancer treatment capabilities in one place, providing convenient care access to cancer patients and their families.
The radiation oncology department, which is equipped with the medical centre’s cyberknife stereotactic radiosurgery system and linear accelerators, is scheduled to be moved to the building by early 2013.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center and UT Graduate School of Medicine researchers and physicians will carry out cancer research, in the areas of breast, prostate, colorectal, lung, pancreas, melanoma, hepato-biliary and others, at the new facility.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute director Dr. John L. Bell said, "We’re providing research opportunities addressing cancer prevention, risk-reduction strategies, educational opportunities and the most modern, up to the minute treatment options available for cancer."
Image: The new cancer institute of The University of Tennessee Medical Center will be a hub for cancer research. Photo courtesy of The University of Tennessee Medical Center.