It was a day of celebration during Tuesday's official opening of the Moncrief Cancer Institute and UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Mobile Cancer Clinic that will be available in Stephenville twice a month.
The Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic has partnered with the organizations to bring the unit to the community.
“It’s really nice to have something like this in Stephenville,” said Erath County Commissioner Joe Brown. “You can get it all right here.”
The mobile clinic offers cancer screenings and provides clinical support, nutrition and exercise tips.
“A cancer diagnosis is devastating,” said Dr. Janie McMillan of SMSC. “This will help people throughout the community. I can see this growing into other opportunities.”
The unit is handicap accessible and equipped with a digital mammogram device, an evaluation room, a telecommunication service where patients can speak to other physicians using a computer.
“Two out of three Americans with invasive cancer are living five years longer, and there are more survivors than ever,” said Dr. Keith Argenbright, medical director of the Moncrief Cancer Institute. “That’s why we’re here today, to support those people. Our average time for a clinical resolution is 22 days.”
The mobile cancer unit will be in Stephenville on the second Friday and fourth Monday of the month. They will begin taking patients this Friday, May 8, on the first day of its local program.