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      Wood County Hospital previews Cancer Care Center

      A community open house for the public will be held on Sunday, April 13, from noon to 2 p.m.

      The Wood County Hospital showcased a preview of its new cancer treatment facility to physicians, business leaders, and donors on Thursday.The 7,000 square foot facility is located adjacent to the hospital, which cost $5 million to build. The Cancer Care Center's entrance opens into a common waiting room to connect its medical oncology office and radiation oncology office.The facility will allow residents to obtain radiation therapy, chemotherapy treatments and clinical trials instead of traveling hours elsewhere to receive care. Director of the center, Dr. Robert Lavey, a radiation oncologist, said cancer patients and their families had to travel far every day for treatments 30 to 45 days in a row."The new Cancer Care Center allows people to continue important activities in their lives while getting their cancer treated properly," Dr. Lavey said.A community open house for the public will be held on Sunday, April 13, from noon to 2 p.m.Wood County Hospital holds 196 beds and is an independent, not-for-profit care facility.