EAMC multi-million dollar cancer facility one step closer to opening

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -  A one of a kind cancer facility is one step closer to opening its doors and serving patients in East Alabama.

It's a multi-million dollar project that doctors say could be lifesaving to many who are affected by the disease.

"Our facility is outdated and we've outgrown it. We have over doubled the amount of patients we had," said Dr. John Cabelka.

Transforming from 20,000 square feet to about 40,000 and shelling out about $40 million is what East Alabama Medical Center is doing to ensure people in the area receive top-notch cancer treatment.

"We have a major league team playing in a minor league stadium right now. It's going to make a big difference in patient comfort and confidence," said Cabelka.

The current center sits on Pepperell Parkway and is filled to the brim with cancer patients. The new location constructed on Village Professional Drive is expected to exceed expectations.

Stephen Hamby is working with the construction company on building this state of the art facility. Not only is he crafting the building, but will be a patient once the doors open.

"It's definitely something we needed here in the community. Everybody else will pack up and go home and may never see this building again, but I will continue to see this building," said Hamby.

Hamby was diagnosed with testicular cancer about two years ago. He's just one of many who will seek treatment through doctors at EAMC.

The new facility brings new services, an outpatient pharmacy and expected an expansion of products for breast cancer patients.

"One out of three people are going to have cancer so it's going to happen to families. To have world-class cancer care and a world class center is vitally important," said Cabelka.

The doors to the new facility are expected to open in May 2019.

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