Penn State Health St. Joseph plans to expand its cancer center in Bern Township.
A 2,400-square-foot addition will be added to St. Joseph Cancer Center and is expected to open by the end of the year, officials said.
The project is estimated to cost $5.5 million.
The center will install new, advanced technology radiation equipment that will enable patients to receive treatment without having to travel out of the area, officials said.
Dr. Navesh Sharma, a radiation oncologist at the cancer center, said the new radiation treatment technology made by TrueBeam is considered the most advanced available.
The technology will enable medical staff to tailor patient’s individualized treatment plans more precisely and reduce treatment time, officials said.
It also opens up the possibility for more patients to qualify for nonsurgical alternatives that are less invasive and offer faster recovery time.
St. Joseph Cancer Center’s addition is the second expansion recently announced at the medical campus off Route 183, which is seeing a growing number of patients.
In the fall, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital will open a 12,000-square-foot facility in existing space at St. Joseph.