University Cancer Services
1350 Walton Way
University fights cancer on all fronts, addressing its physical, emotional and social effects.
Accredited by the College of American Pathologists, University's Pathology Department relies on state-of-the-art techniques, advanced technology and a staff of seven board-certified pathologists. As the only hospital in the region with two hematopathologists.
When hospitalization is required, cancer patients find comfort, convenience and compassionate care in the Harry W. Jernigan Jr. Cancer Unit, University's Magnet-designated 20-bed inpatient oncology unit. Each room is equipped with bathrooms, comfortable sofas and chairs, and televisions with 40 channels. There's also on-call dining, access to wireless internet and an education room with TV, DVD and video cart for patient and family use. The unit is staffed by an interdisciplinary team that includes nationally certified oncology and chemotherapy nurses, as well as a full-time dietitian, pharmacist and doctor of pharmacy, specially trained in chemotherapy drugs. Oncology case managers assist with discharge planning and home care. This unit is an important reminder of University's legacy and commitment to cancer care. To memorialize Mr. Jernigan's longstanding commitment to University Hospital, where he died from cancer, the 20-bed cancer inpatient unit was named in his honor.
Palliative Care is a patient- and family-focused approach to medical care, concentrating on symptom management and pain relief. The goal of the multidisciplinary Palliative Care team is to prevent and relieve the pain, suffering and stress of disease, and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of disease or the need for other therapies. Palliative Care improves the lives of patients and families facing serious illness.
Outpatient chemotherapy is administered in the medical oncologists' offices or in the Jernigan Cancer Unit, where patients who are receiving lengthy treatments have greater privacy and comfort. Trained professionals closely monitor each patient's response to treatment in all locations.
Patients needing radiation therapy are referred to one of the three radiation therapy facilities located in the region. The centers are staffed by radiation oncologists, radiation therapy technologists, nurses and support personnel.
Cancer is a complex disease that affects the entire family and requires individualized treatment and care. Registered nurse case managers, social workers and utilization management coordinators in University's Case Management Department work hand-in-hand with families to access available resources, arrange home care and help ensure each patient's comfort and well-being.
Cancer and its treatments can have a profound effect on a patient's nutritional status, therefore maintaining an adequate intake of calories and protein is important for fighting cancer. The registered dietitians in University's Nutrition Therapy Program help patients plan menus to combat the side effects of cancer therapies and to boost their natural defenses. Hospitality assistants review each day's menu selections, offer taste-enhancing condiments and provide nutritious, appealing snacks to help patients maintain their strength.
To maintain the highest possible quality of life, cancer patients also might require rehabilitative therapy. That's why University's multidisciplinary cancer team includes certified physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as therapists specially trained to help patients manage dizziness and balance problems.
Patients who have breast or abdominal surgery or radiation therapy might be at risk for lymphedema, a form of fluid retention resulting from the loss of normal lymph channel drainage.
University's certified lymphedema therapists provide patient education and treatment to reduce lymphedema and the complications it can cause.
Patients who are receiving lengthy treatments have greater privacy and comfort. Trained professionals closely monitor each patient's response to treatment in all locations.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Care (WOCN)
Experienced wound, ostomy and continence nurses (WOCN) help patients recover from colostomies and ileostomies, treat burns from radiation therapy and help cancer patients avoid pressure ulcers (or bed sores). These specialized nurses help patients avoid complications through daily interaction and follow-up visits.
Continuing Home Care
When it's time to go home, University Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health care provider, provides skilled in-home services to patients throughout the CSRA.
These services may include:
- skilled nursing services
- physical, occupational and speech therapists
- medical social work services to coordinate funding and needed resources
- home health aides to assist with activities of daily living and personal care