The JamesCare Comprehensive Breast Center, located on Olentangy River Road, opened in January 2011. It is the first center in the Midwest to offer the full continuum of care under one roof.
“Patients who come here are treated by a multidisciplinary team of oncologists whose sole focus is the study and treatment of breast cancer,” said Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and chief executive officer of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
The facility offers on-site access to digital mammography, diagnostic imaging, nuclear imaging, clinical trials, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, laboratory services, nutrition services, financial services, chemotherapeutic agents, reconstructive surgery, along with social and psychological counseling. To promote cancer prevention and survivorship, the center includes a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gymnasium, along with conference rooms for classes and support groups. Hope’s Boutique, also in the new space, provides a convenient, comfortable shopping experience for women in treatment for cancer and beyond.
“From prevention and screening through diagnosis, treatment, radiation, reconstruction and survivorship, we offer under one roof the most comprehensive scope of breast services available anywhere in the Midwest,” says William Farrar, MD, director of the JamesCare Comprehensive Breast Center.
While Spielman funds were not used to construct the center, the facility is something Stefanie would have been very proud of, Chris Spielman notes.
“This facility allows patients the convenience of having everything in one space and smooths the diagnostic and treatment process for patients at a very stressful time in their lives,” Chris says. “Stefanie would have also been pleased that so many survivors had a hand in the design of the Center.”
Based on input from patients and their families, the center was designed with the patients’ care and comfort in mind. The center includes many respite areas for patients, visitors and staff, including a cafe with an outdoor patio, counseling suites, meditation room, and library and resource center.
In July, a new radiation oncology wing also opened at the center, offering added convenience for patients by offering on-site access to radiation treatments. It is the only location in Ohio using the Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, an innovative system that enables radiation oncologists to perform image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments. Compared to older radiation technologies, this system significantly reduces the amount of healthy tissue affected by radiation treatments.
“With the opening of this new wing, we are expanding our capacity to treat breast cancer patients, combining top breast radiation oncology experts and the latest technology in a center exclusively conceived and designed to offer the full continuum of breast services,” says Farrar.