July 6, 2017 - Meet the Kilborn Clinic's first patient
Oncology Nurse Katrina Schonemann prepares Carola Toy for an infusion treatment at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic on Wednesday, July 5, 2017
FAIRHOPE, Alabama -- Carola Toy settled into a brand new recliner to receive her chemotherapy treatment Wednesday morning at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic in Fairhope.
“The nurses here are beyond the best,” said Toy, of Gulf Shores. “Dr. (Dan) Cameron makes you feel comfortable and puts you at ease. He has fought really hard for me. That’s what you want in a doctor.”
Toy, 72, was the first patient called from the waiting room on July 5, opening day of the new cancer treatment clinic in Fairhope. She receives chemotherapy treatments every three weeks for lung cancer, which was diagnosed more than four years ago during a pacemaker procedure.
“I’ve lost my hair five times,” said Toy. “The last scan was clear everywhere except for one of my lymph nodes.”
The new Kilborn Clinic is located next to the Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse on Fairhope Avenue and replaces MCI’s previous location at Thomas Hospital. The 14,000-square-foot cancer treatment center houses exam rooms and an infusion suite with plans to add radiation treatment and surgical oncology by 2018.
The clinic is named for south Alabama attorney Vince Kilborn of Fairhope, who lost his father to pancreatic cancer in 1971. It is one of three Mitchell Cancer Institute locations, along with a research and treatment facility in Mobile and a clinic at Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville.