RUTLAND — Every year, as many as 350 individuals in our community hear “You have cancer,” for the first time. For 25 years, Rutland Regional Medical Center’s (RRMC) Foley Cancer Center has been providing comprehensive care to individuals with a cancer diagnosis. This means patients and families facing cancer can remain here in the community for everything from diagnostic evaluations to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, long-term follow-up care, and support groups that address cancer’s impact.
Though the number of people newly diagnosed with cancer continues to climb, the ability to survive the disease is also on the rise.
Founded by Dr. H. James Wallace, Jr. the Community Cancer Center opened its doors in 1989.
In 2009, the center was renamed the Foley Cancer Center in honor of Mark Foley, Sr. and Nancy Foley who’s generous gift in support of cancer care helped start a new era of cancer care in the greater Rutland community.
Today, Foley Cancer Center patients have access to modern equipment, better facilities, and more resources with leading edge technology including a recently upgraded linear accelerator with state-of-the art Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) capability, a computerized tomography (CT) simulator, and remote access three-dimensional cancer treatment planning used for the treatment of various cancers. This allows a quick turnaround from initial consult to start of radiation treatment.
RRMC was one of the first hospitals in the region to offer several leading-edge cancer-fighting technologies, including the sophisticated RapidArc™ radiation system. This form of radiation oncology more quickly and effectively attacks cancer tumors without harming nearby healthy tissues.
The Center also offers outpatient chemotherapy and infusion along with access to national clinical trials for a range of cancers.