Guam - Today marked the official first day of business for the Island Cancer Center, which is the only local facility to provide radiation therapy since Supertyphoon Pongsona destroyed the only machine providing such treatment back in 2002. The Island Cancer Center is an expansion of Guam Surgicenter, and was over a year in development and cost over $3 million.
Dr. Colin O'Connell is the practice manager for the Island Cancer Center and says that the center has already treated three patients. "Now the people of Guam have access to the highest standard of care in oncology services," said the physician. "For years we've had surgery and medical oncology without radiation oncology, the introduction of radiation oncology on Guam allows the people to have the standard type of care that you need to fight cancer."
The Island Cancer Center is located in the Guam Medical Plaza in Tamuning.