Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers in Brooksville is now treating patients.

BROOKSVILLE — A facility built to provide medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology and a wide range of other services has begun treating patients at its new location, 15211 Cortez Blvd.

Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers, an oncology division of Access Health Care Physicians, features an expansion of its capabilities to treat more patients in addition to offering the latest in diagnostic equipment. The Discovery RT multifunction Wide Bore CT Scanner and Smart Metal Artifact Reduction program will provide clinicians with improved image quality that in turn greatly benefits the patient.

The Discovery RT system assists clinicians in radiation therapy planning and simulation, diagnostic, interventional and bariatric imaging through high-image quality, with extremely low dose for clinician and patient, and flexible in-room controls for fast procedures. Another feature of this system is that it comes with Advantage 4D, an application that analyzes and characterizes respiration-induced motion of the anatomy. This means that the clinician can “determine extent and direction of motion and aids the decision whether to employ standard or gated therapy,” according to a press release.

The Smart Metal Artifact Reduction is one of the latest products in GE Healthcare smart technology. The program is designed to reveal anatomic details obscured by metal artifacts, such as prosthesis, screws, or dental fillings that often causes streak-like artifacts in CT scans.

“A lot of people don’t understand that a good 75 to 85% of cancers can be treated close to home without any issues,” said Vince Vanni, marketing consultant for Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers. “It’s only when you get seriously complicated cases that you need to go to a university-level facility, and local physicians are aware of that. A lot of our physicians from ACTC were trained at Moffitt (Cancer Center), and 85% can be treated right there and be treated comfortably. Cancer is no longer a terminal illness, it is a chronic illness.”

The 21,004-square-foot ambulatory health care facility cost $7 million to build and includes equipment at a cost of $3.5 million. It staffs 45 to 50 employees and physicians will soon start seeing radiation oncology patients as updated software is installed on the newest equipment.

“There were two facilities doing medical oncology in the office building at Oak Hill Hospital and radiation oncology on the other side of the parkway,” Vanni said. “When it comes to radiation oncology, you’ve got to keep up. It made a lot more sense to invest in a much larger center.”

A press release states that the facility includes an infusion room with 35 infusion chairs, 12 medical oncology examination rooms, three radiation oncology examination rooms, two uptake rooms for radiation oncology, and one procedure room. Additionally, the building houses a treatment vault and an in-house full-service laboratory.

Keeping in mind the well-being of cancer patients and their families, ACTC offers support services such as financial counseling and a research department for clinical trials.

Joining the staff at Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers are Clayton Alonso, M.D., Radiation Oncology; Aaron Denson, M.D., Hematology Oncology; D. Alan Kerr, II, M.D., Ph.D., Hematology Oncology; Peter Zavitsanos, M.D., Radiation Oncology; Amy Morgan, APRNC-C; and Elizabeth Morgan, APRN, AOCN.