Health — 25 March 2011
Largest outpatient cancer center opens in North Texas

Largest outpatient cancer center opens in North Texas.

The new Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor Dallas opens to the public this Saturday, March 26. The 467,000 square-foot facility marks a new era in cancer care for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and beyond by offering comprehensive services for cancer patients from initial diagnosis through post-recovery.

Baylor Dallas, already the leading cancer care provider in North Texas in terms of patients treated and according to Consumer Choice data, now brings together multiple phases of cancer care under one roof.

“Between the new facilities, advanced technology, caring staff and innovative research and treatments, there’s no need to leave Dallas for quality cancer care,” said John McWhorter, president, Baylor Dallas and senior vice president, Baylor Health Care System. “In fact, we think the new Baylor Sammons Cancer Center is a destination facility that will be bringing cancer patients from other parts of the country to Dallas.”

The new Baylor Sammons Cancer Center offers everything from genetic testing to determine cancer risk, to diagnostic tools, to a wide array of treatment options, to rehabilitation and follow-up care. Contained within the 10-story building, are clinics focused solely on a specific type of cancer, such as cancers of the breast, blood, lung, liver, pancreas, head and neck, bone and skin among others. For example, the W.H. & Peggy Smith Breast Center is dedicated exclusively to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

“We didn’t just build the cancer center for the patients of today,” says Alan Miller, MD, chief of oncology, Baylor Health Care System and medical director of Baylor Sammons Cancer Center. “This place also is for the patients of tomorrow, which is why research and education are such major components of this facility.”

This summer the cancer center is opening the Innovative Clinical Trials Center (ICTC). The ICTC is dedicated to bringing some of the more promising clinical trials, particularly Phase I trials, to Baylor Dallas. Dr. Miller says it will match patients whose cancer has resisted standard treatments with a trial that could offer additional hope.

The new cancer center will also attract additional top-notch physicians and researchers to Baylor Dallas. Already recruited is Daniel Von Hoff, MD, a renowned cancer researcher who served on President George W. Bush’s National Cancer Advisory Board and has helped develop more than 200 cancer drugs. Dr. Von Hoff will help develop the ICTC.

“While Baylor Dallas is already Texas’ second-leading cancer care provider in terms of the number of cases treated each year, the new Baylor Sammons Cancer Center will be able to provide North Texas and beyond greater access to research, clinical trials, education, and support,” said McWhorter. “The new cancer center has already made it easier to recruit nationally recognized scientists and physicians who share our goal of becoming a destination cancer center.”

In addition, the cancer center will also provide a new home for Baylor University Medical Center’s medical oncology fellowship program dedicated to training tomorrow’s leading oncologists.

Besides having what it takes to heal the body, Baylor Sammons Cancer Center is home to a bevy of support programs that help patients and families manage the emotional and psychological toll of cancer.

Donna Bowers, vice president of oncology for BHCS and a breast cancer survivor oversaw the design of the new cancer center. “Providing comprehensive care means looking out for the well-being of the mind and spirit as well,” she says. “That’s why we have put a lot of effort into developing innovative support resources that can help ease the road to cancer survivorship.”

The Integrative Medicine program addresses the nutritional, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the cancer patient during their journey from diagnosis to recovery.

Picture credit: Supplied, PR Newswire.

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