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How Will Care in the New Clinical Cancer Center Be Different?Welcome to the first of our weekly article series highlighting the new Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, which opens to patients on May 19.
Our first topic explores how care in the new Clinical Cancer Center will be different, or how Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin will set the standard in cancer care. According to Sue Derus, executive director of cancer services for Froedtert & Community Health, the new Clinical Cancer Center will set the standard of cancer care through:
- Extraordinary cancer expertise from specialists who focus on specific kinds of cancer
- A highly coordinated team approach that simplifies access to care
- Advanced treatment options, offering the best possible outcomes and prognosis
“The new standard of cancer care is organized around 13 disease-specific services, with hubs serving patients in every area,” Sue explained. “Specialists in each of these areas work together as a team to offer patients every appropriate care option.”
The disease-specific services are:
Colo-rectal and gastrointestinal cancer
Eye and orbital cancer
Head and neck cancer
Liver, pancreatic and biliary cancer
Bone and soft tissue cancer
Ann Marie Ronsman, RN, MSN, director of Hematology, Oncology and BMT Outpatient Services shared how the Clinical Cancer Center will deliver care in a highly coordinated team approach. “Cancer is a complicated disease, but getting treatment for it shouldn’t be,” Ann Marie explained. “A team approach is effective because 85 percent of all cancer patients need interdisciplinary care — in other words, the involvement of more than one type of specialist. Because cancer treatment is complex, coordinated care is essential to get the best results.”
Patients have advanced treatment options, offering the best possible care and prognosis, said William See, MD, chair of Urology and Medical College of Wisconsin urologist who specializes in prostate cancer. “As an academic medical center, Froedtert & the Medical College can offer cancer patients access to the latest treatments and technologies, including clinical trials,” said Dr. See. He added that as of December 2007, the Cancer Center has more than 138 active cancer clinical trials underway.