Baylor Regional Medical Center At Grapevine Opens Oncology Unit

Local inpatient oncology unit caters to the needs of hospitalized cancer patients

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine is excited to announce the opening of a new Oncology Unit. Located in the hospital on the fifth floor of the Carter building, the inpatient unit is dedicated to the quality care of adult cancer patients and their families when hospitalization is required.

"Baylor Regional Medical Center is expanding to meet the growing oncology needs in the communities we serve," said Doug Lawson, hospital president. "The Oncology Unit provides comprehensive care that is delivered in a patient and family-centered environment."

The Oncology Unit employs a unique nursing model to meet both the physical, psychological and emotional needs of patients. Nurses on the unit are specially trained in caring for people with cancer and have received additional education in the biology of cancer and chemotherapy. Patients also have access to hospital resources during their stay including pastoral care, counseling, social work, nutritional services and a dedicated family information center.

Oncology services at Baylor Grapevine have grown in recent years. Developments include improved diagnostic tools and surgical techniques for identifying and treating cancer as well as physician education, an active tumor board and cancer committee. Improvements in chemotherapy and molecular targeted therapies also help physicians personalize cancer treatment programs for each patient.

"Most cancer care doesn't require hospitalization but sometimes people under chemotherapy have a decline in their blood counts, leaving them susceptible to infection, "said Vikas Aurora, M.D., an oncologist on the medical staff at Baylor Grapevine. "In some cases, pain management is best handled in the hospital and there are chemotherapy regimens that need to be administered in an inpatient setting. We now have the ability to do all of these things here in the community."

For more information about Baylor Grapevine's new Oncology Unit, please visit BaylorHealth.com/GrapevineCancer. For a referral to an oncology on the medical staff at Baylor Grapevine, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit FindDrRight.com.

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine is a full-service, fully-accredited not-for-profit hospital serving residents in more than 20 cities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Focused on being the best place to give and receive quality, safe and compassionate care, Baylor Grapevine works to lead the transformation of health care. The 256-bed hospital offers advanced medical services for cardiovascular services, women's services, oncology, neurology, spine care, orthopaedics, diagnostic imaging, neonatal intensive care, intensive and emergency care.

Baylor Health Care System is a faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service.Baylor recorded more than 2.6 million patient encounters, $3.8 billion in total operating revenue, $4.4 billion in total assets and $513.5 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2010. Baylor's network of more than 260 access points includes 26 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals, 23joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers,50 satellite outpatient locations, four senior centers and 156 HealthTexas physician clinics.

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As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. For more information, visit: BSWHealth.com