New NC Cancer Hospital Opens

University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles says a new cancer hospital will provide citizens statewide the most innovative treatments in the nation.

Bowles and other university and state leaders spoke at Tuesday's dedication of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.

The 315,000 square-foot hospital replaces an aging building originally used as a tuberculosis sanitarium. The General Assembly authorized $180 million in debt for the project in 2004. It took four years to build before the first patients arrived a few weeks ago.

Gov. Beverly Perdue also attended, wearing red in honor of Kay Yow, the North Carolina State University women's basketball coach who died earlier this year after a long fight against breast cancer.

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  • by John Location: washington on Sep 16, 2009 at 03:05 AM
  • by Michelle Location: Eastern NC on Sep 15, 2009 at 08:21 PM
    As a mother of a child that is a cancer patient, a friend to many who are fellow survivors and some who have lost their battle as well, it is a blessing that there will be other treatment option in our state. We are very blessed to have wonderful medical facilities in the state to turn to in our times of need for help with this terrible disease. The treatments are so harsh too - especially on children's little growing bodies and nervous systems. I pray that we will soon have better treatment options that will do less or no damage to the patients. It so hard to look at your child go through so much pain and you have to tell them that it is helping them and that is why you're allowing them to hurt so much. It breaks your heart, but it's the only option that you have other than doing nothing. God Bless the medical professionals and researchers that are working hard to find cures.

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