Outpatient Cancer Center

Revolutionizing the next generation of cancer care

Ohio State’s new outpatient cancer center is a space built on our simple but powerful idea: better lives for people with cancer, from diagnosis to treatment through survivorship.

The new space will focus on cancers that affect bone and soft tissue, blood, kidney, bladder and prostate — cancers in which treatment options have advanced to the point that outpatient care is now an option. Patients will have access to the excellent cancer care our community already trusts from Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

Personalized patient care, illuminated by research

One in 4 patients at the OSUCCC – James participates in clinical trials recommended by their oncologists: These trials give people access to advanced, targeted treatment designed to meet their specific needs. The outpatient center will expand our community’s access to trials.

The space also will expand Ohio State’s digital pathology program, allowing radiologists and oncologists to see patients’ images in real time. The technology promises faster, more accurate patient diagnoses and real-time second opinions among Ohio State doctors — especially useful in rare cancers.

The space will be built for cancer surgeries that don’t require an overnight stay, including outpatient procedures like prostate surgery and lumpectomies. And a 24-hour urgent care center will be designed just for cancer patients. This alternative to traditional emergency rooms will mean lower co-pays and faster symptom management. Private post-surgery suites and urgent care spaces will be staffed by OSUCCC – James oncology specialists.

Proton therapy: opening doors to innovative new treatments

At the OSUCCC – James proton therapy center, we will focus radiation exactly where it needs to be while sparing healthy tissue near tumors.

For complex tumors — and cancers in children — proton therapy means an unmatched ability to deliver a potent and incredibly precise treatment with minimal effect on a patient’s quality of life, during and after treatment. Proton therapy does not require surgery, making it ideal for treating inoperable tumors.

Through a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, pediatric patients will have access to this innovative treatment option, delivered by OSUCCC – James sub-specialized radiation oncologists in central Ohio.

Cancer care that addresses the entirety of patients’ needs

Because there is no routine cancer at Ohio State, the new space is designed to meet the unique needs and exceed the expectations of specific patients in our community.

For example:

  • Through a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State radiation oncologists will work alongside Children’s doctors to deliver the best care to our region’s youngest patients in our proton therapy center. Children and families will have access to their own waiting rooms — bright and open spaces designed to lift young patients’ moods and alleviate their families’ stress.
  • The space will house the program for sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder that affects mainly African Americans. Ohio State offers the nation’s most advanced clinical trials for sickle cell anemia. (While sickle cell anemia is not cancer, its treatment is similar to therapies used for blood cancers.)
  • An Aging and Resiliency clinic will serve seniors and their families to help navigate quality-of-life issues alongside cancer treatment. Health care providers will help families focus on such issues as memory care, social isolation and dealing with multiple diseases simultaneously. At a Survivorship Clinic in the new center, health care teams will work together to help people answer questions about life during and after cancer. Questions such as: What will my life be like after cancer treatment? How will cancer impact my relationships? Will I still be able to have children? Will my treatment have long-term side effects?
  • A state-of-the art oncology rehab facility will help cancer patients rebuild their bodies; offer fertility preservation expertise so they can plan their families; provide sexual health therapy; and offer psychological services designed with cancer survivors in mind. A “total care” protocol means health care providers will stay in touch with patients for the rest of their lives — a way to offer survivors extra preventive services, give them access to new clinical trials and share evidence-based research as it emerges.

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