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New Radiation Oncology Center to open at Keesler

By Karen Abernathy – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Keesler Air Force Base marked a new milestone in medical care with a ribbon cutting this morning. Officials are gearing up to open the new radiation oncology clinic.

Construction and preparations for this new multi-million dollar facility have been going on for the past three years. Finishing touches on the center are continuing, but patients can expect to begin treatment there within the next few weeks.

Keesler's Commander Brigadier General Ian Dickinson welcomed a gathering of military dignitaries for the ribbon cutting and tour Monday morning.

"It is my distinct pleasure to be here recognizing another improvement and opening here at Keesler," Dickinson said.

The new center will offer a wide range of services to cancer patients in one convenient location. Brigadier General Daniel Wyman is the Commander of the 81st medical group. General Wyman said the heart of the center, the linear accelerator for radiation treatment, will be used in conjunction with new capabilities being offered there.

"We added a CT scanner that allows us to map a plan for the therapy much better, and also added brachytherapy," Wyman said.

He said the state of the art medical capabilities are matched by state of the art aesthetics that offer patients a more peaceful setting.

"When patients undergo radiation therapy, it's for a very tough time in their life. And the aesthetics here were carefully planned to help them on their journey toward getting better."

The new radiation oncology center at Keesler will begin treating patients the second week in March. The new building is elevated 24 feet above sea level to minimize the risk of flooding from any future hurricanes.

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