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First Cancer Treatment Facility Opens in Germantown

Center offers radiation therapy using advanced imaging technology.

Cancer patients in Germantown have a new ally in their fight against the disease. A new outpatient care facility by Adventist HealthCare opened at 20330 Seneca Meadows Parkway on Friday.

The new radiation oncology center is the first in Germantown to offer radiation therapy.

“With 4,000 new cases of cancer reported in Montgomery County each year, and with a growing upcountry population, we had long planned to expand radiation oncology service,” Plaia said.

The estimated $5 million facility offers outpatient radiation therapy using cone beam technology, which generates images of a patient’s tumor in various angles before radiation is administered. The images can then be reconstructed to produce a 3-D image of the tumor.

 “The state-of-the-art equipment will allow our physicians to pinpoint and precisely target each patient’s tumor, sparing normal tissue from being impacted by the radiation," said Dr. Donald Bridges, a physician who will be working at the facility. This technology allows our patients to directly benefit from treatment using the latest advances in cancer treatment.”

The new center is the second of its kind from Adventist HealthCare, who have a similar facility in Rockville.

 “We are pleased to expand convenient access to this important cancer treatment for our up county community,” said Dennis Hansen, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “The new Shady Grove Adventist Radiation Oncology Center, which includes the most modern technology, is just one example of our work to bring health care and services to upper Montgomery County.”

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for April 7. The new center will be eligible for American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation after a year in operation.

Editor's note: A sentence has been removed from an earlier version of this article that underscored how there in no connection between the decision to open this new facility and the reported cancer cluster near Fort Detrick in Frederick County.

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