NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Sentara Healthcare will begin a $93.5 million construction project this month to build a cancer center in Norfolk.

The center will be built on Sentara Leigh Hospital campus and will bring together expert care teams from Sentara Medical Group, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Oncology Associates and other community physicians.

“The Sentara Cancer Center will bring together multidisciplinary care teams to deliver the most innovative and comprehensive cancer care for the Hampton Roads community as well as patients across the region and country,” said Howard P. Kern, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sentara Healthcare. “Developing this center is the culmination of years of work to deliver a truly integrated cancer program that will engage clinicians, researchers, support staff, community leaders, patients, and families in a collaborative way."

With cancer rates expected to grow by 36%, the center is expected to enhance current services including accelerating research, growing as a community resource, developing new care models and coordinating survivorship programs.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March with a groundbreaking ceremony. The project is set to be completed by mid-2020.

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