Dedicated Comprehensive Cancer Care

Check out progress of construction for the new John H. "Jack" Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center. Scheduled to open spring 2018!


Important Construction Update

On Monday July 31, 2017, weather dependent, contractors will begin installing a new storm water pipe from the rear corner of the Atlantic Health Center, through the Barrett Medical Office Building parking lot, and across Healthway Drive to the Regional Cancer Care Center (RCCC) site. Its path is depicted by the blue line on the drawing below.

The contractor will need to progressively close areas of construction. This begins with the rear traffic lane behind Atlantic Health Center and a few adjacent parking spaces. Upon completion, that area will open and then half the parking spaces along the Health Center will be closed. The contractors will make those parking spaces available and close the next half of the row. This sequencing continues until they reach the RCCC. The entire schedule is expected to take approximately two weeks. Healthway Drive or access to the Barrett Medical Office Building will never be totally closed at any time. Areas that are closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be depicted by signage and safety barriers. Drivers and pedestrians should be alert for some lane and sidewalk restrictions. Drivers should be especially alert for flaggers directing single-lane, alternating traffic when work is underway on Healthway Drive.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to grow.


Surveys covering our communities and our region show that cancer treatment is considered one of the most critically important health needs, along with the treatment of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States. But combating cancer isn’t just a national issue. In Maryland and Delaware, the incidence of cancer is actually higher than the U.S. average.

Even more concerning, the mortality rate for Worcester County and Somerset County residents diagnosed with cancer is nearly 10% higher than the Maryland statewide rate. More than 750 new cancer cases are diagnosed in Worcester, Somerset and Southeast Sussex Counties every year.

The NEW John H. "Jack" Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center

The new 18,000 sq. ft. Center, located on the Atlantic General Hospital campus at the corner of Route 113 and Route 346, will provide one centrally located convenient facility for the care and treatment of individuals with cancer and blood disorders. Services at the Regional Cancer Care Center will include:

  • Outpatient Chemotherapy Infusion Center
  • Hematology (Blood Disorders) Care
  • Atlantic General Medical Oncology Physicians
  • Radiation Oncology Physicians and Treatment Center
  • PET Scanning
  • Community Education, Support Groups and Conference Facilities
  • Telemedicine Capabilities (to facilitate advanced patient care in conjunction with academic medical centers)
  • Hair and Skin Care Support Services - for education and supplies associated with the unique issues faced by individuals undergoing cancer treatment (wigs, skin care products, etc.)

Comprehensive Services

Locating the Regional Cancer Care Center on the Atlantic General Hospital campus uniquely allows individuals who need services for diagnosis, treatment or ongoing follow-up to receive that care on one campus:

Diagnostics

  • Diagnostic radiology services, including PET, CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine
  • Laboratory and pathology services
  • Advanced breast diagnostic center that includes stereotactic needle biopsy
  • Advanced CT Lung Cancer Screening program
  • Endoscopy Center for colonoscopy and stomach/esophageal endoscopy
  • Urology Center with cystoscopy services
  • Advanced Women’s Center/GYN services

Treatment

  • Medical oncology/chemotherapy
  • Radiation oncology including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), and High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI)
  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Interventional radiology
  • Advanced minimally-invasive women’s surgery

Cancer Prevention and Education

  • Health screenings
  • Community education and outreach
  • Nutrition classes
  • Smoking cessation courses

Supportive Services for Patients and Families

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Palliative care
  • Pastoral care
  • Patient navigator
  • Pharmacy / Medication counseling
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Support groups
  • Bereavement support
  • Boutique/hair care and skin care support services
  • Other support and special community activities

Timeline

June 2017 –Groundbreaking

Spring 2018 –Completion