Cancer Center Plans Expansion
Clinical Cancer Center Articles
All in One Cancer CareWhat if dining out meant visiting four or five different restaurants? You went to one restaurant for soup, walked to another for your salad, popped into a third for breadsticks, then drove across town for your main course.
Many Cancer patients in southeast Wisconsin experience something similar. The typical patient goes to one clinic to meet with a surgeon, visits another to see a radiation oncologist and travels to a third to consult with a chemotherapy doctor, sometimes in different parts of the region. Additional services may mean even more trips. For many cancer patients, coordinating their care is can be almost as burdensome as the disease itself.
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin already offers the sub-specialty experts that people with cancer need. The new Clinical Cancer Center facility, opening in May, will bring these sub-specialists and other caregivers together in a single clinic that is organized by type of cancer. Patients will go to the same “Cancer Clinic” for all their consultations, examinations, tests and support services – every time they visit.
Designed to UpliftThe all-in-one Cancer Clinic will be located on the second floor of the Clinical Cancer Center. The clinic is divided into four quadrants, and each quadrant will house several different cancer programs.
To inspire patients and visitors and help them find their way to the right care team, each quadrant is named after an affirming virtue:
“Courage”—The Courage quadrant includes the bone/soft tissue, skin and thoracic cancer programs, physical medicine/rehabilitation and Palliative Care. A quote from Abigail Adams adorns the wall of the reception area: “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
“Life”—This quadrant is dedicated to blood and marrow cancers. Patients and visitors will be greeted by a quote from Sir Thomas Brown: “Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.”
“Faith”—The Gynecologic, Colo-rectal, Pancreatobiliary/Liver, and Endocrine cancer programs are located in the Faith quadrant. The motto comes from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
“Hope”—Patients will come to the Hope quadrant to meet with specialists in the genitourinary, head and neck, and neurological cancer programs. An anonymous quote provides the inspiration: “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.”