Thursday, December 01, 2005

New Center Aids Area's Cancer Care

New Center Aids Area's Cancer Care
By Amanda Janis/Business Writer

Though its official grand opening isn't until this evening, patients began undergoing treatment earlier this week at Vacaville's new Solano Radiation Oncology Center - a state-of-the-art facility run by the Radiological Associates of Sacramento Medical Group.
The new center was prompted by the realization that patients from Davis, Vacaville and Fairfield were traveling to the group's various Sacramento-area locations, according to the Vacaville center's medical director, Dr. Anthony Pu.

"We really felt this community was under-served, from a radiology standpoint," he said, explaining that not all patients are treated by the local cancer centers at NorthBay Healthcare or Sutter Solano Medical Center. "There are quite a number of patients outside their systems that we can provide excellent care to."

Just off Davis Street on Bella Vista Road, the facility offers advanced services including

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Image Guided Radiation Therapy.

"The level of cancer care is really going to rise in the area," Pu said. "We will be the premier center in the area - I have no doubt."

The facility is also involved in clinical trials and the beta-testing of products for some vendors. This enables patients to benefit from the newest technological advancements and treatments before they officially hit the market, according to Ali Layeghi, who helps to determine the best course of treatment for individual patients as the center's medical dosimetry manager.

Layeghi is from Vacaville, and most of the staff from the Solano County area.

Pu remarked, "We care very much about the people of this community. It is our home."

According to Pu, patients at the Solano ROC will also have access to the group's radiation oncologists, staff and services at its other locations in Auburn, Roseville, Cameron Park, Carmichael and Sacramento.

Radiological Associates of Sacramento Medical Group provides radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation oncology services at 23 different centers, making it the largest private practice of its kind in Northern California.

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