Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Trident Health has announced plans for the expansion of the Trident Cancer Center.
A preliminary design calls for an extensive renovation to the current facility, located at Trident Medical Center, and an expansion of more than 3,500 square feet. The total project cost is estimated to be $6.1 million, and construction is set to begin later this fall.
The most significant upgrade will be the addition of the Charleston area’s first Trubeam Linear Accelerator, a product of Varian Medical Systems. This state-of-the-art radiotherapy technology aims to destroy cancer with treatments that last just a few minutes a day.
Although traditional radiation therapy machines offer great quality treatment, TrueBeam technology decreases treatment times to almost half with a more effective and precise treatment delivery method.
"Having all of this new technology available in one area will provide easy access to advanced cancer treatment services for our patients,” said Trident Cancer Center Director Ryan Clements.
The project will also include upgrades to treatment planning software and additional aesthetic improvements.
“We had a vision to provide the very best cancer fighting technology close by for our community. We are pleased to make that vision a reality,” Trident Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Terence van Arkel said.
Trident Health is an HCA hospital system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as Moncks Corner Medical Center. For more information about Trident Health, please visit www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call (843) 797-7000.