Bringing Home State-of-the-art Oncology
In 2010, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin launched a Cancer Network that offers specialty cancer care in Menomonee Falls and West Bend.
orking alongside community physicians, a range of Medical College of Wisconsin cancer specialists bring substantial expertise to patients at Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Froedtert & The Medical College forms the backbone of the Cancer Network, supporting each location with access to the resources of a nationally known academic medical center, including highly specialized cancer treatments that aren’t readily available elsewhere. The premise of the Cancer Network is to deliver optimal cancer care to patients in their own communities – at hospitals they trust.
New Development – Expanded Clinical Trials
An important development is an expansion of clinical trials. While patients at Community Memorial and St. Joseph’s always had access to clinical trials, they were limited to trials available at specific locations.
“We’ve made it possible for patients to participate in select clinical trials from both Network locations, as well as Froedtert & The Medical College – without leaving their home communities,” said John Koenig, director of the Cancer Network. “This may translate to more options, especially for patients with rare or advanced cancers, or those who are no longer able to benefit from standard treatment options.”
The Cancer Network will continue to evolve, adding specialists, new facilities and advanced treatment technology.
In 2011, Community Memorial Hospital renovated its Cancer Care Center, expanding patient waiting and treatment areas, and adding precision radiation technology. Early in July, St. Joseph’s Hospital will welcome patients at a new Kraemer Cancer Center bringing in new expertise in surgery, as well as a cancer survivor clinic – in a single location on the hospital campus (last photo, right).
Comforting Healing Environments
In 2011, Community Memorial Hospital transformed its Cancer Care Center with more exam rooms, private and semi- private chemotherapy areas and sophisticated radiation technology. The new cancer center makes it easier for cancer specialists to work together and deliver highly coordinated treatment. Later this year, several new Medical College of Wisconsin specialists are expected to join the team, including breast, colorectal and thoracic surgeons.
In July 2012, St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Kraemer Cancer Center will open a new facility that will consolidate cancer services on the hospital campus. It will bring additional specialties, including Medical College of Wisconsin breast and colorectal surgeons, a cancer survivor clinic, and image-guided radiation technology. Watch for more information on the grand opening event in August.
Cancer Network Specialties
Cancer Network services in Menomonee Falls include radiation oncology, hematology and oncology, gynecologic oncology, neuro-oncology and urologic oncology. In West Bend, specialties include radiation oncology, hematology and oncology, gynecologic, thoracic and urologic oncology, and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Patients at both hospitals are supported by certified oncology nurses, cancer genetic counselors, cancer dietitians and psych-oncology nurse specialists.
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