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Groundbreaking held for cancer treatment center in Pembroke
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Hospital and Pembroke officials, including Pembroke Mayor Pro Tem Tiffany Walraven and St. Joseph's/Candler CEO and President Paul Hinchey were on hand Thursday, May 6, 2021 for a groundbreaking on the hospital's new cancer treatment center in Pembroke. - photo by Jeff Whitten

Pembroke cancer patients who faced long drives to Savannah for treatment will soon get a break, after hospital and city officials broke ground May 6 on a new cancer treatment center. Located on Railroad Street near the St. Joseph’s Candler Primary Care Center, the $2.5 million St. Joseph’s/Candler cancer treatment center is expected to open in the fall.

It will partner with the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion Network and Summit Cancer Care.

The 5,300 square foot facility will include space for 10 infusion chairs, three exam and procedure rooms for oncologists and a pharmaceutical mixing lab for chemotherapies and infusions, according to St. Joseph’s/Candler.

The center will offer chemotherapy, immunotherapy, IV hydration/ electrolytes, IV iron infusions, port flushes, injections and therapeutic phlebotomy, the hospital said. It is projected to be ready to open in October.

"We will provide evidence-based cancer care and the benefits of the latest clinical trials closer to those in Pembroke and nearby communities including Statesboro," St. Joseph's/Candler President & CEO Paul Hinchey said. "Chemotherapy can be a very rough treatment for many, and having to travel a long distance after a lengthy chemo session can be an unbearable burden. We are very excited to be expanding our cancer treatment services into areas that, in the past, haven't had access to such advanced treatment options."

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