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Adult Oncology Services

The Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) 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. 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 operations 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).

Multi-disciplinary clinics and case conferences are held in many of the tumor types including lung, gastrointestinal, head and neck, leukemia and lymphoma. The adult oncologists at UNMC Eppley Cancer Center have expertise in the management of all adult malignancies and have special expertise in the following areas:

  • Acute Leukemias
  • Bone Marrow/Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Breast Cancer
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphomas
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Genitourinary Malignancies

General Information

General Information

Cancer Center HelpLine 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. It is located on the third floor of the Lied Transplant Center. It has 26 adult exam rooms, two treatment rooms with 26 chairs, one procedure room in the treatment area with a bed, six leukapheresis chairs, and two photopheresis chairs. The outpatient cancer center has opened a five room-one consult room clinic and a 11 chair infusion center at Clarkson West Medical Center to meet the needs of the growing population. These outpatient care facility are convenient for the patient and is a cost-saving alternative to inpatient care. Private ambulatory exam rooms are available for patients receiving radioimmunoconjugates with no restrictions on use.

The Oncology/Hematology Special Care Unit (OHSCU) is a 24- bed inpatient transplant facility housed on the seventh floor of The Nebraska Medical Center. This area consists of 24private hepafiltered rooms used for the inpatient care of transplant patients. Each room has intensive care capabilities for monitoring ventilator management, Swan-ganz capabilities and dialysis. All nurses working on this unit are specialty trained in Oncology, ICU nursing, and complications of bone marrow transplantation.

There are 17 Cooperative Care Suites located on the fifth floor of the Lied Transplant Center for patients to utilize during their 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 located on the second floor of 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.

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. Our volunteers can 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. The volunteers also plan weekly shopping trips to a local grocery store and department store. Information regarding options can be found by visiting http://www.nebraskamed.com/patients/lodging-transportation. The Nebraska House is a dormitory located adjacent to the Lied Transplant Center. Hospitality Services personnel and social workers assist families with lodging arrangements.


Treatment

Multidisciplinary Clinics

Disease Center

Contact Number

Lung

Contact the CALGB Coordinator at 402.559.6745

Stem Cell Transplant Program:
The diseases most treated using stem cell transplantation are non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma and solid tumors (including breast cancer or testicular cancer). Various other hematological and non-hematological diseases are treated on a case by case basis. Autologous, related and unrelated myeloablative allogeneic, related and unrelated non-myeloablative, and cord blood transplants are provided.

For additional information on the cancer treatment available at The Nebraska Medical Center, please visit our website.

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, and head and neck cancers. The program is designed to increase health awareness by providing health screening activities, 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 the 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 main 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 open which 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 UNMC Eppley 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


Notes: Number of Admissions and LOS are from LOS file Service Line Onc & BMT. It is adults only. The data is annualized from 10 months of data. Outpatient visits are from the Chrg detail report. It includes all patients from all specialties. It is only adult patients. April number was 25,198 and divided by 10 and multiplies by 12 to get 30,250.