Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas.
Texas Business reports: Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas) is now home to North Texas' largest outpatient cancer center.
The new Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas opens to the public Saturday, March 26.
The 467,000 square-foot facility marks a new era in cancer care for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by offering comprehensive services for cancer patients from initial diagnosis through post-recovery.
Baylor Dallas, already the leading cancer care provider in North Texas in terms of patients treated and according to Consumer Choice data, now brings together multiple phases of cancer care under one roof.
“Between the new facilities, advanced technology, caring staff and innovative research and treatments, there's no need to leave Dallas for quality cancer care,” said John McWhorter, president, Baylor Dallas and senior vice president, Baylor Health Care System in a prepared statement. “In fact, we think the new Baylor Sammons Cancer Center is a destination facility that will be bringing cancer patients from other parts of the country to Dallas.”
The new Baylor Sammons Cancer Center offers everything from genetic testing to determine cancer risk, to diagnostic tools, to a wide array of treatment options, to rehabilitation and follow-up care. Contained within the 10-story building, are clinics focused solely on a specific type of cancer, such as cancers of the breast, blood, lung, liver, pancreas, head and neck, bone and skin among others.
For example, the W.H. & Peggy Smith Breast Center is dedicated exclusively to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
“We didn't just build the cancer center for the patients of today,” said Alan Miller, medical director of Baylor Sammons Cancer Center. “This place also is for the patients of tomorrow, which is why research and education are such major components of this facility.”
This summer the cancer center is opening the Innovative Clinical Trials Center (ICTC). The ICTC is dedicated to bringing some of the more promising clinical trials, particularly Phase I trials, to Baylor Dallas. Miller said it will match patients whose cancer has resisted standard treatments with a trial that could offer additional hope.
The new cancer center will also attract additional \ physicians and researchers to Baylor Dallas.
Daniel Von Hoff, a cancer researcher who served on President George W. Bush's National Cancer Advisory Board and helped develop more than 200 cancer drugs, will help develop the ICTC.
“While Baylor Dallas is already Texas' second-leading cancer care provider in terms of the number of cases treated each year, the new Baylor Sammons Cancer Center will be able to provide North Texas and beyond greater access to research, clinical trials, education, and support,” said McWhorter. “The new cancer center has already made it easier to recruit nationally recognized scientists and physicians who share our goal of becoming a destination cancer center.”
In addition, the cancer center will also provide a new home for Baylor University Medical Center's medical oncology fellowship program.