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Dr. Amarjit Dhaliwal, M.D. and his wife Rupee stand next to the multi-million dollar linear accelerator that was installed recently in the soon-to-open Valley Cancer Center on Norman Drive in ...

GLENN KAHL/209 Health & Wellness

POSTED September 19, 2012 5:18 p.m.

The Manteca community is becoming a Mecca for state-of-the-art cancer treatment with the Valley Cancer Center scheduled to open the doors of its two-story 32,000-square-foot facility in October and the existing Women’s Imaging Center at Doctors Hospital.

The Cancer Center has long been the dream of Modesto oncologist Dr. Amarjit Dhaliwal, M.D. who has been practicing in Manteca with Dr. Robert Levy, also an oncologist, for the past several years.  It is located adjacent to a myriad of medical offices on Norman Drive just west of Spreckels Avenue.

Dr. Dhaliwal said he can only “give thanks to the Man upstairs” in seeing the completion of his project that has grown in cost from $8 million to some $12 million complete with an elevator for patient access to the second floor along with a multi-million dollar linear accelerator.  A double set of staircases also lead to the upper floor that is planned for future expansion of the facility.

The downstairs in the two-story facility is “very vital” to cancer care, Dhaliwal said, noting a planned grand opening is on tap for the second week of October.  The upstairs will be devoted to Hospice off-site care and consultation and possibly the later addition of a breast cancer clinic.  There will also be a pharmacy on the second floor geared to the medical and nutritional needs of cancer patients, he added.

Dr. Dhaliwal stressed that the Center is not duplicating the radiology offered at the recently opened Manteca Imaging Center next door to his new building.  The PET and CT scans they offer for treatment are at a molecular level with a different methodology at the Cancer Center, he added,  for the various stages of cancer with simulation and planning for the future growth of tumors.

The ground floor of the building includes numerous offices and exam rooms along with a 15 x 30-foot medical conference room for treatment consultations and radiology equipment. 

At Doctors Hospital breast cancer is seen as the leading cause of death among women worldwide, according to the American Cancer Society.  It has been diagnosed in 1.4 million women and kills nearly 500,000 every year, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca (DHM) Women’s Imaging Center Nurse Navigator Debbie Oates, R.N. interjected that mammograms aren’t always perfect, but they’re still the best screening tool available for detecting breast cancer in its early and most curable stages.

DHM has received countless awards for its level of proficiency in caring for women with tumors of the breast and detecting malignancies. Oates has been lauded for her caring approach in walking hand-in-hand with patients who need to have biopsies at the hospital.

Dr. Alan Xu, M.D. is one of the radiologists at the facility certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Senior mammogram technician Debbie Peters put it very succinctly when she said, “Come on down – schedule your appointment today.  We truly care about you!”

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