Specific Information about Oncology/Cancer Care
Hematology/Oncology ICU: This new, 16-bed ICU serves patients with complex medical conditions, focusing on advancing care for hematological and oncological disease processes. The unit participates in rapid response and code blue services throughout Cambridge Tower A.
Hematological Malignancies Unit: This 16-bed protective environment unit cares for patients with diseases such as lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myelomas. These patients require complex chemotherapy regimens, enhanced monitoring for trial treatment side effects, and supportive care therapies such as intravenous medications, electrolyte replacements and blood transfusions. Patients are admitted for several days of each chemotherapy cycle or for complications, which allows staff to develop strong relationships over the course of their treatment. The unit shares the floor with the cancer ICU. The primary service is an attending-led teaching service with consistent attending providers who create a collaborative space. The nursing team is a small, close team that strongly values teamwork and providing exceptional care.
Med Acute Leukemia and Hematology Oncology Unit: This 34-bed protective environment unit cares for patients with a diagnosis of leukemia and overflow of hematologic and solid tumor malignancies. Patients come from across the country for complex chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments, management of treatment side effects (including oncologic emergencies), and support through palliative care. All 34 beds are telemetry-capable, and two patient rooms are for palliative care. Specialized nursing care is required for this unique patient population.
Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and Cellular Therapy Unit: This 34-bed protective environment unit cares for patients in our nationally accredited blood and marrow transplant and cellular therapy programs. Unit nurses build strong relationships with the patients because the patients often experience longer hospital stays due to complex chemotherapy regimens, prolonged neutropenia and supportive care therapies such as intravenous medications, electrolyte replacements and blood transfusions. Specialized nursing care is required to ensure optimal outcomes.
Medical Oncology: This 32-bed unit treats oncology patients who require chemotherapy and symptom management. Newly diagnosed cancer patients receive the latest treatment options available. Patients receive multi-agent chemotherapy, blood products, antifungals, antibiotics and antivirals. This unit has one palliative care room.
Our many clinics throughout the area are convenient not only for our patients – they're also convenient for our nurses. One outpatient location is the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion in Westwood, Kansas, which offers diagnostic and outpatient procedures (all other locations have diagnostic and outpatient procedures as well).
There are several other cancer care locations around the metro area, including outpatient clinics, The Women’s Cancer Center and the Sarcoma Center at our Indian Creek Campus in Overland Park, and our Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas.
- Kansas City, Missouri (North)
- Lee's Summit, Missouri
- North Kansas City, Missouri
- Overland Park, Kansas
- Westwood, Kansas
The Women’s Cancer Center
- Indian Creek Campus in Overland Park, Kansas Sarcoma Center
- Indian Creek Campus in Overland Park, Kansas
Infusion/Treatment: This team cares for patients who are receiving chemotherapy and biotherapy infusions, injections, blood products and supportive care across a variety of oncology disease specialties.
Radiation Oncology: This team cares for patients who receive radiation therapy as their primary or concurrent treatment. Nurses work closely with physicians and Advanced Practice Positions (APPs) to provide care coordination, patient education and nursing care in the clinic setting.
Clinic/Exam: The people in these positions care for patients seen in the clinic or exam setting. Nurses work closely with physicians and Advanced Practice Positions (APPs) to provide all elements of care coordination and patient education to outpatients in the clinic setting.
BMT (Blood and Marrow Transplant): Nurses provide complex care for patients who have aggressive blood cancers and disorders that require advanced expertise. Patients typically have longer stays and may experience prolonged neutropenia. As an academic medical center and an NCI-designated cancer center, we offer the latest techniques and treatments to fight cancer and reduce side effects, such as immunotherapy and CAR T-cell therapy; and we take part in the latest clinical trials. The ambulatory BMT program works to keep patient care close to home and readily available. Our nurses work closely with physicians and other professionals to determine the best treatment plans.