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City Planning Board approves cancer center expansion

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The city’s cancer patients will no longer have to drive miles to receive radiation treatment.

The city Planning Board unanimously approved an expansion Tuesday at the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center, 214 King Street, which will house a second Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator.

The accelerator pinpoints cancer cells up to three millimeters and kills them before they attack healthy cells.

The two new treatment types are stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy.

“This technology is very precise—it can allow us to treat very small tumors and lesions in the brain and lungs,” Jerry Sheppard, the center’s director, said Tuesday. Mr. Sheppard said the expansion was two years in the making.

“Radiation is essential to today’s cancer treatment,” Mr. Sheppard said.

“It will definitely help the expanded volume of modality of treatment.”

The addition will also cut down the need for patients to travel to Syracuse or Burlington, Vt., for treatment, Mr. Sheppard said.

The 3,264 square-foot expansion project is being designed by Cannon Design, Buffalo. Cannon Design Vice President Edward J. Muck said

The new building will eliminate six physicians’ parking spaces next to the building.

Some residents expressed concerned to Planning Board members about street parking congestions caused by full hospital parking lots.

“We’ve modified the plans based on the Planning Board’s recommendations,” Mr. Muck said. “We’ve reduced the width of the entrance drive and indicated the parcel property where at least 12 parking spaces will be created following the demolition of the house on New York Avenue.”

The project will cost the hospital $4.2 million.

Construction is set to take six to nine months to finish.

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