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The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is a partnership between The Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska

Contact The Nebraska Medical Center cancer hotline today at 800.999.5465.


www.nebraskamed.com/cancer

Adult Oncology Services

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center’s Adult Oncology program offers comprehensive services in the diagnosis, treatment and research of all malignancies that occur in adults. Treatment may include chemotherapy and immunotherapy, including vaccines and immunoconjugates, cancer surgery and radiation oncology. High dose therapy with autologous or allogeneic stem cell transplantation is also a strong program. All of the adult oncologists are board certified and well published in professional peer-reviewed literature.

The program participates as full members in two national cooperative groups:

  • Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance)
    • A newly formed cooperative group which integrates the scientific and operational functions of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) and the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT/CTN)

Adult oncologists at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center have expertise in the management of all adult malignancies and have special expertise in the following areas:

  • Acute and Chronic Leukemias
  • Allogeneic and Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Breast Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Genitourinary Malignancies
  • Head and Neck Cancers
  • Lung Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer

General Information

General Information

The Nebraska Medical Center cancer hotline 800.999.5465

Referring Physician Line

402.559.5600

Location

Omaha, NE

Facility

The Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center is an ambulatory outpatient hematology/oncology facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Located in the Lied Transplant Center, it has 26 exam rooms and two treatment rooms. To meet the needs of the growing population, the outpatient cancer center has opened satellite clinics at Village Pointe Cancer Center and Bellevue Medical Center. These outpatient care facilities are convenient for the patient and offer a cost-saving alternative to inpatient care.

The Oncology/Hematology Special Care Unit (OHSCU) is a state-of-the-art, entirely HEPA-filtered facility with 24 suites, each with a private bathroom and shower to serve cancer patients who require extended hospital stays during their treatment. Each room has a monitor near the door detailing the air pressure inside. These are sophisticated controls to ensure each room is positively pressurized. The amount of fresh air supplied to the room is greater than the hallway. It keeps dust and other various airborne contaminants out. This is a basic need for OHSCU patients. Two rooms on the floor are reserved for isolation patients, complete with a built-in pass-through for medications. The floor is arranged in such a way that allows medical staff better visibility of patient rooms and monitors for increased safety. All nurses working on this unit are specialty trained in oncology, ICU nursing, and complications of bone marrow transplantation.

There are 10 cooperative care suites located in the Lied Transplant Center for patients to utilize during recovery once they are ambulatory. These rooms provide a home-like environment, featuring a private bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchenette for the patient and their care provider. A patient resource center is also located in the Lied Transplant Center and provides traditional library offerings, current medical information available in the form of books, magazines and videos, computer terminals with Internet and e-mail access, fax machine, and copy machines.

Currently under construction, the new Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, a joint venture between The Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is scheduled to open in 2017. Health care providers and researchers will work side-by-side in state-of-the-art, integrated facilities to speed up breakthroughs in the lab and ensure personalized patient care. The largest project ever on campus, the $323 million facility will include a 252,000 square foot cancer research tower and 323,000 square foot clinical treatment facility which includes ambulatory and inpatient services.

Travel and Lodging

The Nebraska Medical Center Guests and Volunteer Service department is available to assist patients and families in all matters of travel and lodging within the Omaha area. Volunteers provide transportation to and from Eppley Airport, the Amtrack Train Station and the bus terminal between 6 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week. Volunteers also plan weekly shopping trips to local grocery and department stores. Information regarding options can be found by visiting http://www.nebraskamed.com/patients/lodging-transportation. The Nebraska House is an additional site for family stays located adjacent to the Lied Transplant Center. Hospitality Services personnel and social workers assist families with lodging arrangements.

Cancer Prevention and Screening

Adult Oncology has established a program aimed at a long-term, community-based approach towards education, prevention, screening and treatment of many types of cancer with particular emphasis on breast, prostate, colorectal, lung, pancreas and head and neck cancers. The program is designed to increase health awareness by providing health screening activities, educational materials, demonstrations and information. Mini -health fairs are held several times a month at locations throughout the community such as supermarkets, hair salons, and churches. Several large health fairs held at business sites provide another opportunity to educate and screen the public.

Support Services

The Nebraska Medical Center is with each patient, every step of the way during their cancer journey to provide supportive services for both the physical and emotional challenges of cancer. Information about supportive services are updated frequently on the hospital's website http://www.nebraskamed.com/cancer/support-groups.

  • Social Work
  • Cancer Support Groups and Education
  • Online Community
  • Medical-Legal Support
  • Financial Counseling
  • Pastoral Care
  • UNMC Library Services
  • Psychiatry and Psychology Consultation
  • Life Renewal Center
  • Child Life Services
  • Lymphedema Services
  • Nutrition
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Survivorship Program

Cooperative Group Membership

Adult Oncology has been a full member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) Cooperative Group since 1996 (now part of Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology). CALGB is one of three multidisciplinary cooperative treatment groups that recently merged to form Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (funded by the National Cancer Institute). Cooperative groups focus on particular areas of cancer research, often collaborating in large-scale clinical trials. Adult Oncology maintains a wide variety of open Alliance protocols addressing a variety of malignancies. In addition, we participate in the BMT/CTN network with several clinical trials that address issues in transplantation such as the optimum therapy for acute leukemia, lymphoma, and graft-versus-host disease.

Clinical Research Efforts

The adult oncologists are involved in many investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical research studies. By collaborating with researchers in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, the adult oncology physicians can offer patients the latest treatment options and comprehensive care. Focused working groups consist of basic scientists and clinical investigators collaborating on specific cancers including breast cancer, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

Adult Oncology Program

No. of Inpatient Beds (Medical/Surgical)

No. of Admissions

Average Length of Stay (days)

No. of New Outpatients

Total Outpatient Visits

No. of Bone Marrow Transplants

No. of Oncologists (Medical and Surgical)

40

3000

6.56

3700

30,250

150

33