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Duke Medicine: New cancer center opens this month

Posted February 20, 2012

The Duke Cancer Center, a new, state-of-the-art, patient care facility will open next week, providing patients access to a more streamlined approach to cancer care.

The 267,000-square-foot Cancer Center building will fully integrating care and research. Patients in the Duke Cancer Center facility will benefit from the convenience and comfort of an everything-under-one-roof approach.

While clinical cancer services are currently spread across Duke Clinic, the new building will house almost all cancer services, which will support multidisciplinary care. Clinical and support services will be located within the disease-based programs and related clinics will occupy the same floor.

Members of the cancer care team -- from physicians, nurses, and clinical trials team member to pharmacist, social workers, and dietitians -- will work side-by-side to provide comprehensive, compassionate care.

In addition to convenience and collaboration, the Duke Cancer Center was designed with patient comfort and healing in mind.

Some of the unique, patient-centered features of the building include:

  • Spacious, comfortable waiting areas in each clinic with large windows and a volunteer-staffed hospitality station
  • A quiet room for personal reflection and meditation
  • Large infusion rooms where patients can choose to sit with others or receive treatment in private
  • An outdoor rooftop garden area in which patients can receive chemotherapy outdoors
  • Dedicated spaces where patients can speak with research nurses about clinical trials
  • A retail pharmacy so patients don’t have to stop on the way home to fill prescriptions
  • A café offering a health-focused menu with occasional cooking demonstrations
  • Private rooms where patients can select head coverings and have consultations for post-surgical garments

Currently more than 600 patients are being seen daily in our cancer clinics, infusion center, or radiation therapy. New cancer cases in North Carolina are projected to increase by 16.5 percent over the next five years. The Duke Cancer Institute and new Cancer Center will prepare us to provide the high-quality care our patients expect to receive.

For much more about Duke's new Cancer Center, including information about clinical trials, go to the Cancer Center page on Duke Medicine, Go Ask Mom's sponsor, offers health information every Tuesday.

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  • fbell Feb 21, 2012

    Duke does it again in helping keep North Carolina healthy.


    Frank Bell