The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 14, 2012

Center offers hope

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer

Friday, December 14, 2012 — Stanly Regional Medical Center (SRMC) recently saw the presentation of one of their newest facilities and a new piece of equipment: The Center of Hope and a new linear accelerator were unveiled recently during a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house.

Both of these latest additions will prove instrumental in treating cancer patients and helping improve their quality of life.

Center of Hope

The Center of Hope, which will be used to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors, offers numerous services.

“We have a prosthesis fitting room, so that patients can try on prostheses in a safe, comfortable environment,” said Hannah Brinson, a nurse at the Roy M. Hinson Cancer Center.

Additionally, there is a cosmetology room where patients can get tips on hair and make-up.

The Center of Hope will sponsor a “Look Good, Feel Better” workshop for patients twice a month. Participants will receive a free $250 make-up kit, free from the Cancer Society.

Also, there is a massage room and a craft room.

As a perk for patients at the Cancer Center, they will receive a coupon to get a free massage or wig-fitting at the Center for Hope.

Additionally, Alliance Medical has a boutique shop within the Center of Hope, offering prostheses, wigs and head scarves for patients.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Judy Fenton-Ray, director of radiation oncology at the Cancer Center.

“All patients are undergoing treatment at the Roy M. Hinson Cancer Center. The Center of Hope will allow us to provide more TLC for our patients and their families.”

“We’re excited about the Center of Hope. It will be a place of spiritual and emotional support,” said Al Taylor, president and CEO of Stanly Heath Services.

Linear Accelerator

The Cancer Center has a new piece of equipment to use in more effectively treating patients: a Trilogy Varian Linear Accelerator.

With this machine, patients gain the use of Intensity Modulated Radia-tion Therapy. Meaning, this machine is so accurate it can pinpoint multiple different treatment areas and angles.

“It minimizes side effects for patients undergoing treatment. Less dry-mouth, less diarrhea, less negative side effects,” Fenton-Ray said.

Because of the nature of the instrument, producing dangerous levels of radiation, extreme precautions were taken to insure the machine was stored properly.

Sealed behind a six-inch door with three-foot-thick lead-lined concrete walls all around, the machine has been safely contained.

“The room is designed like a maze. There is not a direct shot from the door to the accelerator; this helps keep the radiation shielded,” said Susan Swenson, a radiation therapist at the Cancer Center.

Additionally, there is an elaborate piece of stained-glass artwork installed above the linear accelerator.

As patients are being scanned and treated they are in full view of the stained-glass, offering a pleasing distraction from the stresses of treatment.

For more information on the Cancer Center or the Center of Hope, visit