Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz., expanded its radiation oncology program to patients at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, which also provides pediatric care at Banner Childrens at Cardon Childrens Medical Center. The expanded program began on Jan. 1, according to a news release.
This expansion will allow us to provide radiation treatment close to where patients live, work collaboratively with physicians in these communities, and bring the same high-quality cancer treatment that has made Banner MD Anderson so widely respected, Banner MD Anderson Medical Director Edgardo Rivera, MD, said in the release.
The program integrates the clinical services of radiation oncology programs at these hospitals with Banner MD Anderson. That includes integration with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as well as access to subspecialty experts in Gilbert and Houston. Patients at Glendale and Mesa will have access to many of the programs and services offered at the comprehensive cancer center in Gilbert.
The Gilbert and Houston campuses have been providing radiation oncology care for many years, according to the release. Services include electron beam treatment, image-guided radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, brachytherapy and 3D conformal treatment, which allows radiation therapy beams to be shaped exactly to the size of a tumor.
A goal of the expansion is to enhance and build upon the existing programs, according to the release. New physicians will join both campuses, bringing radiation treatment expertise backed by residency training at MD Anderson.
Physicians and staff at the hospitals will have a direct link to radiation oncologists and subspecialty physicians at Banner MD Anderson.
For 10 of the past 12 years, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey of Americas Best Hospitals.