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Ground was broken Jan. 20 to expand the Arizona Cancer Center-University Medical Center Orange Grove clinic at 1891 W. Orange Grove Rd.

When completed early in 2011, the 12,000-square-foot expansion is going to house a radiation oncology facility with "state-of-the-art precision technology that can treat up to 40 patients a day," a release said.

"Expanding at this location in Northwest Tucson will allow us to bring more of our services into the community and closer to our patients," said Karen Mlawsky, vice president of oncology services at UMC.

Staff for the facility is drawn from University of Arizona Department of Radiation Oncology faculty.

Arizona Cancer Center physicians hold clinics at the Orange Grove facility in the specialties of medical oncology, surgical oncology, hematology and breast surgery.

The UMC Orange Grove expansion is being managed by Town West Design Development, a Tucson-based design-build firm specializing in build-to-suit projects such as medical facilities, professional offices, retail and mixed-use buildings. The firm "takes a project from concept to paper and through construction, giving its client a unique 'one-stop' resource," the release said.

University Medical Center is a 399-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. Working in partnership with the Arizona Cancer Center, UMC provides "complete cancer therapy and treatment to Arizonans and others affected by cancer." Cancer patients also receive treatment at the Arizona Cancer Center at UMC North.

The Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and in Scottsdale, the Center has more than a dozen research and education offices throughout the state and 300 physician and scientist members working to prevent and cure cancer.

For more information, go to www.arizonacancercenter.org.

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