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Cancer Treatment Comes Back to UMC

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Cancer Institute and University Medical Center have joined forces to open up brand new state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility.

The 13,000 square foot facility will resume the cancer treatments that were suspended in 2008 due to budget cuts. That's mostly outpatient chemotherapy.

But with the new facility, new services such as radiation therapy are slated to begin in 2011. The facility will also serve as a training ground for residents in doing their oncology rotations.

When it comes to the patients, the director of the Nevada Cancer Institute, Dr. Jack Ruckdeschel, says the facility is now totally integrated.

"Patients, when they come here, again, totally transparent to them they go from our facility and our physicians. They go to UMC for x-rays and blood tests and they go back over here and back and forth and to the patient, they're just in one facility," he said.

The facility ventures to offer more than their Summerlin campus. In fact, the director believes fewer patients will be going to Summerlin unless it is for something specific. But they stress that the facilities offer the same kind of care at each facility.