Dr. Anu Gupta runs Cancer Center in Gaithersburg

Dr. Anu Gupta. (Photo: WJLA)

In September, Gaithersburg's mayor welcomed Dr. Anu Gupta to town.

She has worked for years to make the Cancer Center in Gaithersburg a reality and now she says it offers state-of-the-art radiation without a visit to the hospital.

"I'm the most proud of the fact that I'm one of the few independently owned and operated full service radiation therapy practices in the country," Gupta said.

Gupta says her new center along with her first center in Fairfax, Va., offer the same treatment and equipment as Johns Hopkins, but along with it comes a warm, un-intimidating atmosphere with direct access to your doctor.

"Anytime I see a patient I always try to think to myself, 'If it were me or my family member, what would I want my doctor to do?'"

Gupta is from Northern Va., studied at George Mason and did her residency at Georgetown. She's a radiation oncologist running two cancer centers in addition to being the mother of three, ages 17, 13 and 8.

"They appreciate the fact that their mom is out there trying to help people as much as she can," Gupta said. "I may not be there for every school party or whatever, but they completely understand and they keep me going."

She believes her new cancer center is serving a niche in Montgomery County and hopes to give her patients what they need to fight cancer once and for all.

"It gives me a lot of delight to see my patients five , six, eight, even 10 years later and knowing that I was part of that."

Gupta sees 30 to 40 patients a day in Fairfax and expects Gaithersburg to reach similar numbers.

She is one of only a few women in the country to own independent cancer centers.