Coastal Cancer Center expansion opens

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Cancer Center in Conway officially opened up with it's newest expansion. The company built a second floor to include 10 new exam rooms, a spot for meetings and seminars and more work stations for doctors.

Officials say the expansion will allow them to serve more people and makes life a lot easier for patients.

"We want to make sure that you have your family, friends and relatives close to home and we are not taking you out of that element," says spokesperson for the facility, Meghan Miller.

Services at the center include everything from regular check-ups to chemotherapy. The expansion addresses an increased need for services. Officials say more people are being diagnosed with cancer in Horry County because the population is growing. But Doctor Lawrence Holt says treatment is also getting better.

"We are doing things now that we couldn't even dream of years ago like the magic bullets they talk about, antibodies, supportive care measures and anti-nausea medicines," says Holt.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US and in South Carolina. According to the SC Dept. of Health and Environment Control, one in two men will get some kind of cancer in Horry County in their lifetime, while one in three women will.

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