WICHITA — The nine physicians at Wichita Urology Group are following a national trend and opening a new cancer center to provide a comfortable, easy-access place for patients to receive complete care.
"We're trying to develop a radiation center that's easy for patients to get in and out, that's friendly to patients," says group president A.J. Farha.
Advanced Cancer Therapies will open next spring in 10,000 square feet at Wilson Estates just south of 21st and Webb Road. This will be in addition to the group's east and west-side clinics and the approximately 10 offices it has around the state.
Farha says part of the idea is to give patients an alternative to hospitals.
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"This would be community based," Farha says. "Plus, we're bringing new technology ... for treating cancer patients."
He says the group is deciding between two of the most up-to-date radiation treatment machines.
"It would be improving on technology that's available," Farha says. "That's another attraction."
The more than half-century old Urology Group, which has nine of the dozen urologists in Wichita, treats a lot of prostate cancer. Advanced Cancer Therapies will be equipped to treat all kinds of cancer, though, including breast, brain and lung cancer among other types.
Some patients need as many as 30 or 40 radiation treatments, Farha says, and the idea is to create as convenient and comfortable of a treatment center as possible. He says patients currently go to places such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City seeking that kind of atmosphere.
"We're losing a lot of patients" to those markets, Farha says.