Since 1986, the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center has combined advanced treatment with a strong focus on our patients. West Alabamians diagnosed with cancer are treated with the most advanced equipment available in a building designed to contribute to a world-class patient experience. In April 2009, the Manderson Cancer Center received a three-year approval with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. This is the highest level of approval given by the organization.
In 2011, the Manderson Cancer Center formed a regional affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network®, which is a supporting organization of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. This affiliation
enhances the Cancer Center's mission and commitment to provide the most advanced treatments for cancer to residents of West Alabama. MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world's most respected leaders in cancer care and ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Cancer Hospitals" survey for eight of the past 10 years including 2011.
Located next to the Phelps Outpatient Center at DCH Regional Medical Center, the Manderson Cancer Center provides a full range of can cer treatment services in one convenient location. Radiation, chemotherapy, an outpatient lab and a pharmacy are right there, under one roof. Along with the modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, our patients find a team of skilled professionals that includes physicians, nurses, therapists, nutritional counselors, a financial counselor, a clinical psychologist, a social service representative and a chaplain.
The Manderson Cancer Center offers enhanced access to research-based institutions through affiliations, registries and clinical trials. Many of the most advanced and minimally invasive technologies are available, including the latest in radiation technology. The new technology more accurately targets the tumor and protect surrounding tissue by accounting for tumor movement that often results simply from the patient's own breathing.
There will be much greater emphasis on early diagnosis, translating directly to a longer and more enjoyable life for each cancer patient. Ultimately, those diagnosed with cancer will receive world-class treatments that are effective, informative and respectful to the patient and the patient's family members.
Radiation therapy is provided by two Varian Linear Accelerators, the most advanced devices of their kind in the world. The advanced technology increases reliability, limits delays and increases the number of patients who can be treated every day. Their increased speed also increases patient comfort.
Running nearly the entire length of the south face of the building is the area where patients receive chemotherapy. Custom-made treatment areas have the capacity to treat up to 24 patients at one time in an open yet private environment. Before and after their chemotherapy treatment, patients can make their way out on to the elevated terrace garden and enjoy the sun and fresh air.
On the main floor, patients will find an art gallery, a coffee shop, a patient boutique with certified fitters for prosthetics, the Belcher Chapel and the Family Resource Center. The Wellness Room located on the first floor offers patients a place to participate in exercise classes and support groups.
The Manderson Cancer Center offers free parking in the Outpatient Deck and reserved surface parking. There are walkways connecting the deck to both levels of the Manderson Cancer Center.
Gifts large and small from thousands of West Alabamians helped make the Manderson Cancer Center possible. Our community has helped build an astonishing place, a place where compassion, technology and design come together to meet the needs of body and spirit. Go to thedchfoundation.org to see how your gift can bring help and hope to your family and friends who must face the diagnosis of cancer.