matthew will memorial medical building

Rendering of Matthew Will Memorial Medical Center which will house AGCH on-site cancer care services and technology.

Cancer Care Services and Technology

The Coastal Cancer Care and Diagnostics Center was established in the Five Cities in the year 2009. Since then, the need for cancer services in the community has grown. With the many different aspects involved in cancer care, many community members that are diagnosed with cancer face the need to drive out of the area for at least one element of their treatment. We have been very fortunate to have a tremendous heritage built by a dedicated team of physicians and care providers in the Five Cities through past generous donations. Our goal is to expand on these services to offer increased oncology and infusion resources for patients in the Five Cities on the AGCH campus.

These expanded services will be offered in the beautiful new Matthew Will Memorial Medical Office Building with dedicated space for cancer treatment and supportive services. These services will be provided by a team of oncologists and specialists including a nurse navigator, dietitian, social worker, and full-time pharmacist. Additional support will be provided, such as the complimentary services of the appearance center for women who have lost their hair or would like to learn skincare and makeup techniques to mitigate the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

As a result of the additional cancer services at AGCH, the success of programs that are already in place will be magnified. For example, each cancer patient at AGCH is partnered with a nurse navigator who listens and assesses the overall needs of each patient, provides education about different treatment options, and serves as a critical source of support for the patient from the point of diagnosis throughout treatments and follow-up care. Additionally, support groups are held regularly where patients can find emotional support and share coping skills. Finally, the cancer program will continue to facilitate the review of each patient’s care by a group of doctors in the Tumor Board, where oncologists and specialists volunteer their time to meet together weekly and discuss the needs of each patient. These measures ensure that each patient is supported emotionally as well as clinically throughout their cancer journey, and will continue to serve as exceptional resources for our local cancer patients as we increase cancer services at AGCH. 

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