The leadership of CarolinaEast has accepted the third community gift
in support of development of a comprehensive cancer center being planned in
partnership with UNC Cancer Care. The gift of $1.5 million is given by Reba
Aylward in memory of her husband, John T. Aylward, who lost his battle with
cancer in 2012.
important part of this project is the construction of a new diagnostic center
that will be adjacent to the cancer center. Specially designed to accommodate
the various patient populations that will utilize the state of the art imaging,
the diagnostic center will be known as the John and Reba Aylward Diagnostic
Center at CarolinaEast.
feel it is so important that patients who are battling this terrible disease
can get the care they need - imaging,
therapy, counselling, support – in one location. And, with the help of the John
and Reba Aylward, we are making that happen on the campus of CarolinaEast
Medical Center,” said Ray Leggett, President/CEO of CarolinaEast.
currently operates a diagnostic center that features leading edge imaging technology
in the heart of the thriving McCarthy Boulevard medical community. The goal is
to relocate and expand operations from McCarthy to the medical center campus
and bringing everything together in one location. “It is not necessary for a
cancer patient to have to go across town to receive imaging – it will be
available right here,” said Leggett.
80,100-square-foot, three-story cancer center and diagnostic center will be
built on CarolinaEast Medical Center’s Neuse
and will house an array of clinical and support services, including
chemotherapy infusion, radiation oncology, prevention and early detection
programs, psycho-social care, and survivorship care and services, that optimize
patient care in a welcoming and nurturing setting. Providing these services in
one location will reduce the burden patients face when they must travel to
multiple facilities for their care.
of the $35 million cancer center will begin in early 2017 and is expected to
take 14 months to complete. The $15 million diagnostic center will be erected
By partnering with UNC Cancer Care, CarolinaEast
Cancer Center can offer its patients the latest cancer care that is informed by
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s innovative basic,
translational and clinical research. The patients also can be seen by UNC’s
nationally known cancer
experts in Chapel Hill in a seamless manner when the complexity of the care
UNC Lineberger is the only public
National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North
Carolina, and one of only 47 in the country. With most of its
faculty actively engaged in research, UNC Lineberger can offer patients access
to nearly 300 clinical trials of the latest treatments developed at UNC or
through affiliation with national clinical trials groups.
This includes the recently opened cellular
immunotherapy trials, a promising new approach to treating cancer by
reprogramming the patient’s own immune cells to recognize and attack the cancer.
Lineberger is the only academic center in North Carolina, and one of only a
select few in the United States, that operates a facility that is federally
approved to genetically modify patient immune cells for clinical use.
Patients from North Carolina and the Southeast United States can now stay close
to home to be treated with novel therapeutic approaches that only a handful of cancer centers in the United States can offer.
“CarolinaEast has enjoyed a strong
working relationship with UNC physicians, and with the construction of the new
cancer center and a more robust partnership with UNC Cancer Care, cancer
patients in eastern North Carolina will have access to level of care that is
more comprehensive, more convenient and more advanced,” said Ray
Leggett, President/CEO, CarolinaEast Health System.