LAURINBURG — January marked a new beginning for Scotland Cancer Treatment Center. The Duke Oncology Network — a collaborative effort between Duke University and community cancer centers throughout the southeast — now manages radiation oncology services at the center, making it a complete Duke Cancer Center. Medical oncology services have been affiliated with Duke since the center opened in 2000.
Dr. Andrew Brown, board certified radiation oncologist, takes over as the center’s lead radiation oncologist. Brown completed his medical training in England, where he was born and lived until he immigrated to the United States in 1990. After completing a fellowship at Mass General in Boston, Brown returned to London for two years to work at a teaching hospital, and then joined a friend in practice in New Hampshire for 19 years.
Most recently, Brown has resided in Kiawah, South Carolina and provided fill-in coverage for a number of practices, including one in Guam. He is happy to settle once again into a permanent practice with Duke Medicine in Scotland County.
Brown says he has enjoyed witnessing the advancements in his field.
“It’s a different world now than when I started my medical career,” he said. “The improvement in linear accelerators allows us to sculpt the distribution of the radiation to the shape of the target. Plus, cancer management has become much more of a combined team effort. The integration of surgery and radiation and chemotherapy is so much closer now.”
Scotland Cancer Treatment Center’s affiliation with DukeMedicine provides many advantages.
“In difficult or rare cases, it’s nice to have direct access to people who are leading specialists in the nation,” Brown said. “It’s also quite nice to have radiation and medical oncology under the same roof. There’s a nice continuity with Dr. (Kelvin) Raybon and the medical oncology staff. It’s very unusual for a rural hospital like this.”
In addition to earning his medical degree from the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and completing a Fellowship at the Royal College of Radiologists, Brown earned a Masters in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. With academic appointments at Cambridge, Harvard, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical School in New Hampshire, Brown brings a wealth of expertise to the Center.
He is also a published author, having written three biographies on scientists.
Dr. Beth Lindsay joins Brown part-time at the center. Lindsay completed her training at the Medical College of Georgia and was previously employed at Duke’s outreach center in Henderson.
Both physicians will be present at a Business After Hours, in conjunction with Scotland County Chamber of Commerce on April 3 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to meet both new physicians and to receive a tour of Scotland Cancer Treatment Center.
For information about the services at Scotland Cancer Treatment Center, visit scotlandhealth.org.
Karen Gainey is the marketing coordinator for Scotland Health.