Duke Cancer Center opens
Posted February 23, 2012
Durham, N.C. — Duke University Hospital combines exams, tests and treatment for cancer patients all under one roof with the ribbon-cutting Thursday at the new Duke Cancer Center.
The Duke Cancer Center represents an evolution in cancer care over 35 years, Duke Medical oncologist Dr. Joseph Moore said. The center includes 28 examining rooms, 78 treatment rooms, 73 infusion stations and three new linear accelerators. Under one roof, cancer patients can move from radiology to chemotherapy to imaging and consultation more easily.
Sharon Finch Van Vechten, a former Miss North Carolina and colon cancer survivor was among the first to enjoy a new boutique in the center, designed to treat the self-esteem of cancer patients who often see visible signs of their struggle.
She enjoyed a makeover. “At least when you look in the mirror, you like what you see, even if the rest of you is hurting and going through a tough time,” Van Vechten said.
The boutique is just one of the attractions of the new center, which includes a quiet room – a serene spot to get away from it all.
Waiting rooms also give patients and family members more space in a comforting environment. A roof-top garden terrace offers another scenic getaway.