Cancer Institute will host open house and blessing

Former patients of the Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui are being sought to take part in a June 1 open house and blessing of the institute’s $7 million renovation and its acquisition of cutting-edge radiation treatment technology that kills cancer cells.

“Our new TrueBeam STx targets tumors – even those in moving tissue – and makes it possible for patients to receive higher and fewer doses of radiation to kill cancerous tissue,” said Dr. Bobby Baker, the institute’s founder and president. “This is a step toward a ‘new normal’ in which patients win the battle with cancer.”

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the institute, which is adjacent to the entrance of Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

Cancer survivors are invited to take a group photograph at 10 a.m. with the Pacific Cancer Institute’s radiation oncologists and staff. Afterward, cancer survivor and kahu Roy Newton will lead a blessing, and the institute will open its doors for visitors. Newton is a former patient of the institute.

“Our institute was founded for our patients,” Baker said. “So, it’s an affirmation for all our staff’s hard work to see cancer survivors live to enjoy retirement, grandchildren and to achieve their lifelong dreams.”

For more information about the open house, call 242-2600 or send email to