Published: Feb. 23, 2012
Updated: Feb. 23, 2012
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By Duke Medicine News and Communications
A major achievement in patient-centered cancer care was celebrated today with the dedication of the new Duke Cancer Center, a seven-story state-of-the-art facility that will be the hub for Duke's preeminent cancer care, clinical research, and education.
"Duke has been recognized as one of the world's leaders in cancer care and research for more than 40 years, and the Duke Cancer Center will accelerate our ability to provide best-in-class care to patients requiring the most advanced cancer treatments," said Victor J. Dzau, MD, chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer for Duke University Health System.
"Patients will now have access to many of the country's leading cancer specialists and care teams in an environment specifically designed to ensure patient comfort and convenience."
The demand for Duke cancer services is growing rapidly with more than 600 patients a day currently seeking care at Duke's cancer clinics. Statewide, the number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by 16.5 percent over the next five years, and higher growth rates are expected in the greater Triangle. New cancer cases are compounded by the successes of cancer treatments, which enable people to live longer as cancer survivors.
To meet that increasing need, Duke broke ground on the 267,000 square-foot cancer center in November 2009. Construction was completed ahead of schedule and costs came in under the original budget of $235 million; the center will open for patient visits on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.
With soaring architecture that evokes the famed Duke Chapel on the nearby university campus, the new cancer center was designed with the input of both providers and patients. The goal was to assure patient convenience and comfort while also creating an efficient and effective work environment for care teams.
Patients will benefit from having physicians, nurses, clinical trials team members, pharmacists, counselors, social workers, and dietitians all working side-by-side to provide comprehensive care.
Patient amenities include:
The new building serves as the clinical home for the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI), a unique organization Dzau established in November, 2010, to fully integrate clinical services, medical research, training and education. One of the nation's eight original National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the DCI provides unprecedented opportunities for teamwork among Duke scientists and clinicians.
"As we strive to fight and ultimately vanquish cancer, we also work every day to bring comfort and assurance to those patients and their loved ones stricken by this disease. An environment that kindles hope is crucial to this effort," said institute director Michael Kastan, MD, PhD.
As the new nexus of clinical care, research, and education, the new Duke Cancer Center is linked to the existing hospital and clinics as well as to the state-of-the-art Duke Medicine Pavilion, an inpatient and operating facility that is projected to open in mid-2013. Outdoor spaces, walking paths, and a healing garden complete the carefully planned patient-centric campus.
"This building is an inspiration to us all, and we will work to treat every cancer patient who walks through these doors with our continued best efforts, our uncompromising optimism and hope, and our unyielding expectations to succeed," said Joseph Moore, MD, professor of hematology and oncology.
Number of floors: 7
Size: 267,000 square feet
Original estimated cost: $235 million
Construction initiated: November 2009
Date completed: February 2012