This month, Baylor College of Medicine consolidated its NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center clinics and services into one location on the McNair Campus, providing Baylor patients and clinical faculty and staff a central location for cancer-related services.
The majority of outpatient cancer care facilities have moved to the seventh floor, delivering a spectrum of services associated with cancer treatment, from risk assessment, screening, prevention, diagnosis and therapy to survivorship and support services.
“This new multispecialty space for our cancer clinics is great for patients,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine. “The Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center now has a clinical home that can provide integrated care in a single location.”
The seventh floor houses 54 clinic rooms dedicated to cancer appointments, including four mammography units and a large infusion center serving all cancer types. Cancer clinics located on the seventh floor include bone and soft tissue sarcomas; gastrointestinal, liver, pancreas and gynecological cancers; leukemia and lymphoma; endocrine tumors; and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center. Additionally, radiation oncology consultations are conducted in the center.
Genitourinary cancer services will be located in the urology clinic on the 10th floor. Skin cancers and head and neck cancers will be treated in the neighboring Jamail Specialty Care Center. The Lung Institute and associated services will remain at Baylor Clinic, and pediatric cancer will continue to be treated through Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.
The seventh floor will enhance the existing collaborative nature of cancer care at Baylor, allowing physicians and patients to easily access specialists and appointments across disciplines.
“The move to the McNair Campus has been the vision of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center for many years. Housing these services in one location will enable us to provide cohesive, multidisciplinary care for our patients and allow us to care for the patient and their families as a whole, beyond their cancer and into healthy survivorship or supported end-of-life care,” said Dr. Kent Osborne, director of the Duncan Cancer Center. “It makes a huge impact on the patient experience to be able to visit with their entire care team, undergo infusion and consult with a nutritionist, social worker or other support services, all without leaving the seventh floor.”
With this transition, the College has increased its presence on the McNair Campus to outpatient clinics on four floors of the main building, as well as in the Jamail Building.
-By Allison Mickey