Radiation Therapy Now Available in Braselton

Published: Monday, November 9, 2015

Comprehensive cancer care by the experts at Georgia’s #1 hospital is now in Braselton.  With the addition of Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) state-of-the-art radiation therapy suite, the Braselton community now has access to the most advanced cancer fighting technologies and services.

There was much buzz among the community and NGMC’s own cancer providers upon opening the doors of the new radiation therapy suite to patients Monday.

“Cancer patients deal with a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety as they journey through their treatment and recovery process,” says Malay Rao, MD, PharmD, a radiation oncologist with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Radiation Oncology.  “Our goal is to minimize or remove not only the cancer, but also as much of the stress as we can.  That includes making treatment options as convenient as possible – especially for many of our patients who travel daily for care.”

NGMC has long identified the need for cancer care in the Braselton area.  In fact, for more than seven years, NGMC’s Imaging Center Braselton (located in Medical Plaza 1) has provided a comprehensive range of screening and diagnostic technologies to help detect and treat cancer as early as possible.  The recent addition of 3-D mammography provides the latest technology in breast cancer detection.

In July 2014, NGMC began offering medical oncology and hematology services in Medical Plaza 1 through the care of Timothy Carey, MD, a medical oncologist with The Longstreet Clinic, P.C., and Christina Saurel, MD, a medical oncologist with Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic (NGDC).  As the need for care grew, Saloni Tanna, MD, a medical oncologist with NGDC, joined Dr. Carey and Dr. Saurel in Braselton.

The opening of NGMC Braselton in April also brought access to minimally invasive and robotic surgery options, utilizing the newest robotic technology available with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.  When appropriate for the patient, robotic surgery can result in less pain, smaller scars and faster recovery compared to traditional surgery.

“The addition of radiation therapy services, just down the hall from the medical oncology and imaging suites in Medical Plaza 1, culminates our vision of providing comprehensive cancer to our patients,” says Jayme Carrico, executive director of Oncology Services at NGMC.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity to help our patients battle cancer without the added stress of traffic and long-distance traveling,” Carrico adds.

In addition to Braselton, NGMC also offers services in Gainesville and Toccoa.  For more information about NGMC’s oncology services and locations, visit nghs.com/cancer. 



Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton is the state’s newest hospital, that’s not a replacement or relocation, in almost 20 years.  NGMC Braselton brings services modeled around the programs of excellence at NGMC Gainesville– Georgia’s #1 Hospital (CareChex®) – to the Greater Braselton community.  These include advanced surgical and medical care, emergency services, heart and vascular services, orthopedics, cancer treatment and neurosciences.

Along with NGMC Gainesville, the two hospitals share a medical staff of nearly 600 physicians representing more than 55 specialties.  Both hospitals are part of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), a non-profit that cares for more than 800,000 people in more than 13 counties, with a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do.  Learn more at www.nghs.com/braselton.