Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network adds new technology, services in Murrells Inlet
Area cancer patients can now access state-of-the-art radiation therapy and imaging technology close to home.
A 12,500-square-foot expansion of the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network, an affiliate of MUSC Health, has been completed in Murrells Inlet. The $14.4 million project includes a state-of-the-art linear accelerator, which destroys cancer cells using precisely targeted, high-energy X-rays, and a new, cutting-edge CT scanner.
From Georgetown to Myrtle Beach, specialists with the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network partner with patients and their families every day in the fight against cancer. In addition to the Murrells Inlet location, the cancer care network includes the Tidelands Health Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center in Georgetown and a location on 21st Avenue in Myrtle Beach.
Tidelands Health is the regional affiliate of MUSC Health and its Hollings Cancer Center, South Carolina’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.
“When you receive a cancer diagnosis, you want the best team, technology and treatments to fight the disease,” said. Dr. Sara “Betsy” Adams, a physician with Tidelands Health Oncology. “Our goal is to offer that care close to home so our patients can spend their time focusing on getting better rather than traveling to treatment.”
The Murrells Inlet expansion will broaden the continuum of cancer treatment services available at the location, which also offers medical oncology, hematology, breast care, diagnostic testing, physician offices, infusion services, lymphedema treatment and research.
The new, state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator will expand the range of radiation therapy available locally to include respiratory gating. The advanced radiation treatment benefits patients with tumors and other conditions of the brain, spine, liver, lungs and other parts of the body.
The technique is extremely precise, allowing clinicians to target extremely small tumors with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.
The new Siemens SOMATOM Confidence CT scanner, meanwhile, is among the most advanced available. It offers fast scan times and improved image quality.
Also new to the Murrells Inlet location of the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network is high-dose rate brachytherapy, a type of internal radiotherapy that delivers tightly focused, computer-guided radiation to cancerous tissue.
“Cancer treatment and technology continue to advance at a rapid pace,” said Timothy Laugh, director of cancer services at Tidelands Health. “These additions to the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network give our patients ready access to some of the best physicians, technologies and treatments available anywhere.”