Caring for Cancer Emergencies in the New Home of The James

Physicians and nurses at The Ohio State University who treat patients in times of emergency see many walk through the door with cancer.

“We have a lot of patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer, and we want to provide the very best care for them,” says Thomas E. Terndrup, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Ohio State.

Cancer emergencies can range from dehydration to fever to treatment-related infections, all of which will be treated in the cancer emergency department within the new home of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. It will be the nation’s first fully integrated cancer emergency department, a facility in which emergency medicine and oncology specialists will work collaboratively to care for patients who present with cancer emergencies.

The new home of The James also will be staffed by some specialists who are trained in both oncology and emergency medicine. “There really aren’t many people trained in both oncology and emergency medicine,” Terndrup says. “In fact, you can probably count them on one hand.”

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