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St. Francis Receives Approval to Start Radiation Therapy Program

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System has received approval from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to proceed with the development of a comprehensive radiation therapy program, a key component of its Cancer Care Services. Approval of this request is the result of a year-long process of examination and review by SC DHEC.

Central to the development of the Radiation Therapy program will be the addition of state-of-the-industry equipment, including a linear accelerator to deliver this therapy. The addition of this program means that patients receiving cancer care at St. Francis who need radiation therapy no longer have to go outside of St. Francis for their radiation treatment.

“This is another remarkable milestone in our healing ministry for cancer patients,” says Mark Nantz, CEO. “St. Francis has pursued radiation therapy to complete our entire oncology continuum of care. To meet the needs of our community, we have put together an outstanding oncology program from screenings, diagnostics, appropriate treatments or surgery—all the way through home care and survivorship programs.”

In the 20 years since St. Francis launched its Batson Cancer Care Center, it has opened the region’s first Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and introduced the first digital mammograms as well as the first robotic surgeries for treatment of prostate cancers.

The radiation therapy program will be located on the ST. FRANCIS millennium campus in a new, centralized home for all St. Francis outpatient oncology services. This new medical building will house infusion/chemotherapy, oncology medical offices and radiation therapy. Planning and construction of the new medical building is projected to take about a year with costs at approximately $11.9 million.

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