CBCC has treated over 75,000 patients since we first opened. We have continually expanded and have earned the recognition as the largest free standing, privately held cancer center in the nation. While our motivation has always been to offer the finest care available, our story starts in a small office in 1984. Dr. Ravi Patel opened a 1200 square foot cancer clinic as a way to bring his vision of providing cancer patients with specialized medical and emotional care to Bakersfield. In the years since, CBCC has changed in many ways, but the purpose has always remained the same—we believe you shouldn't have to travel the state for state-of-the-art cancer care. During our evolution, some of our major milestones have included:
By 1990, CBCC had expanded into a 3,000 square foot office with 14 stations and a staff of 14.
In 1995, we began participating in our first clinical trials, and became affiliated with the UCLA Community Research network—which allows CBCC to offer clinical trials that otherwise would only be offered within an academic setting—the following year. In 1996, the name Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center was also introduced.
In 1997, we again responded to the needs of our patients by hiring our first non-oncology specialist. That same year, construction began on CBCC's brand new 23,000 square foot cancer center at its current location on Truxtun Avenue.
When construction was completed and the center was opened in 1998, a full service laboratory was in place and CT scans were able to be performed on site. For the first time, CBCC was truly a "comprehensive" cancer center designed to provide maximum patient comfort and convenience.
Over the next few years, CBCC continued to expand at a rapid pace. More specialists, oncologists and hematologists were brought on staff, and as technology improved, CBCC took full advantage, investing heavily in cutting edge services. CBCC began offering PET and PET-CT scans, radiation treatments, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy [IMRT], Brachytherapy and Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI] scans, Dexascan, Ultrasounds, and more. We also began offering patient and community education, genetic counseling, social services, occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, nuclear medicine, clinical laboratory services, pathology, and patient and family support groups.
In 2002, CBCC's first satellite facility, Radiation Therapy Associates, was aquired.
Five years later, construction was completed on CBCC's most ambitious expansion to date. Now a 70,000 square foot facility, CBCC is the largest free-standing cancer center on the west coast, including The CBCC Breast Center, The CBCC Skin Cancer, Dermatology and Laser Center, and much more.
In 2008, CBCC broke ground on campus for a brand new center—The CBCC CyberKnife® Center. Home of the CyberKnife System, the first and only robotic radiosurgery system, and the only one in the world located at a free standing cancer center, The CyberKnife delivers high doses of radiation to tumors with unprecedented accuracy and precision, allowing us to now treat patients with once inoperable tumors.
More recently, CBCC has continued to invest in new technologies and treatment options. In 2011, we acquired an HDXT MRI, which is primarily used for breast cancer diagnosis and reduces patient discomfort with increased precision. We've also added more Mind-Body Medicine components to our treatment options.