KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - A new cancer center more than doubles the size of the old cancer treatment center at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, with even more room for expansion in the future.
Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center administrators say the new cancer treatment facility was needed because of several years of increased cancer rates.
They said they can't pinpoint a reason why cancer rates continue to rise in the Bootheel, but the new center will give patients the option to get treatment closer to home.
"Sometimes we are so full that we have to reschedule some people's appointments for the next day because we don't have enough room," said nurse Summar Johnson.
Johnson has been working in the cancer treatment center for five years.
She says her patient load is three times what it was when she started, and the current space wasn't enough.
"We really don't have enough room to function in that small of an area."
Twin Rivers CEO Clyde Wood agrees that the new center was needed because of the increasing cancer rates in the area.
"With some of the prevalence of cancer in the region and the area, we feel like we have an obligation and duty to serve those patients in this community," he said.
Wood says the new center will make Twin Rivers the largest cancer treatment center in the Bootheel.
He says patients will be able to receive the same care as they would in Cape Girardeau or Jonesboro, Arkansas, which Wood says are two places many patients typically look to receive treatment.
"We have the ability to provide the same level of care and services to patients in Dunklin County that they would receive in other larger cities," Wood said.
With more and more cancer cases in Dunklin County, Wood says he expects to see services to continue to increase.