The Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) at Havasu Regional Medical Center will be begin an expansion journey on September 1, 2015 with a groundbreaking event that will kick-off construction of an additional 6,000 square feet to its current facility.
The expanded area will consist of extensions on each end of the current facility that will expand chemotherapy and infusion service capacity. The existing 9,000 square feet of waiting area, nursing station and offices will also be undergoing a complete renovation.
“The expansion of the Cancer Treatment Centre allows us to deliver the care that our community has come to expect from Havasu Regional Medical Center to a steadily growing number of patients” said Dr. Michael Lyster, Hematology Oncologist at the CTC.
The Cancer Treatment Centre is currently exceeding its capacity to provide chemotherapy, infusion and radiation oncology treatments and the expansion will allow for complete comprehensive care in one location. Volume has grown from 3,925 patient visits in 2013 to 4,086 visits in 2014, and 2067 visits year to date through July 2015.
The Specialty Clinic that is located within the main hospital will be relocated into the Cancer Centre when the expansion is complete. This will allow patients that have both chemotherapy and infusion therapy to receive treatments at one location.
Nurses within the Centre are highly trained, chemotherapy certified and involved in the education and support of community residents who are currently in treatment as well as cancer survivors. To complement the existing services at the Centre, a new CT has been added that will be used in treatment planning for radiation oncology services.
“We are excited about the expansion plans for the Cancer Treatment Centre and our patients will certainly benefit from the technological improvements. The radiation oncology department recently obtained a state-of-the-art CT scanner for radiation treatment planning. Being able to perform this procedure at the Centre has greatly expedited patient treatment courses. The CT scanner also has provided imaging studies necessary for new radiation therapy treatments currently offered at the Centre, such as stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy,” said Nicholas Roman, M.D., Radiation Oncologist.
With the help of generous Lake Havasu City residents, the Cancer Treatment Centre opened its doors in March of 1997 and provided radiation oncology services. Hematology services were added in 2010 when both Dr. Michael Lyster and Dr. Paul O’Neill began seeing patients in the Centre.
Dr. Roman joined the team in March of last year and most recently, Dr. Doug Hade relocated to the Center to assist in providing primary care.