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Care for the community: AGH breaks ground on cancer center

The medical field and the treatment of cancer has changed dramatically since Michael Franklin began his healthcare career in 1984.

Treatment was only successful about half the time back then, said the president of Atlantic General Hospital, and the difficulties in receiving care were great.

"Back then, people traveled for miles to receive treatment, and I heard numerous stories about the difficulties with side effects while driving to and from treatment,” he said. “As cancer treatment techniques and medicines have improved, availability of cancer care in community settings has become more and more common.”

Because of those improvements, he said, two out of every three Americans diagnosed with cancer are now cured.

And now, those seeking treatment on Delmarva will have another option soon as Atlantic General officials and doctors celebrated the groundbreaking for the John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center on Wednesday.