If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 for an ambulance—an emergency rescue vehicle can take you to the emergency department more quickly and safely than can a friend or family member.
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute provides a dedicated oncology emergency services unit that is fully integrated with the Abercrombie and Fitch Emergency Department at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The James Emergency Services Unit gives cancer patients with urgent or life-threatening issues access to highly skilled teams of oncology and emergency medicine experts. It is one of only a few cancer-specific emergency services units in the nation.
The James Emergency Services Unit contains 15 beds dedicated to the care of cancer patients, as well as a separate waiting room designed for oncology patients with compromised immunity. The unit is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Oncologic conditions that may require emergency care include:
- Treatment-associated infection
- Tumor lysis syndrome
- Surgical complications such as bowel or kidney obstruction
- Pain and weakness
For more information on when cancer patients should seek emergency care, read our guidelines on emergency care during and after treatment.