Abington – Jefferson Health to Enhance and Expand Cancer Care with the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
At the new, 86,000 square foot Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, our cancer specialists will have access to all the tools they need to provide top-tier care under one roof, to people living with cancer and their families.
“As cancer care has evolved over the years, we’ve realized the vast majority of care can and should be delivered in an outpatient setting,” said Christopher Pezzi, MD, director, Surgical Oncology, Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health. Increasingly, chemotherapy, radiation and many surgical procedures for cancer are performed during the day, with patients returning to the comfort of their own families and homes hours afterward.
Statistics show that more than 90,000 residents of Abington’s service area have been diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes and will require continued care and screening. After a comprehensive analysis of the community’s needs, and thorough exploration of various options for expansion of the cancer center, stakeholders agreed that building a new outpatient facility would be the best choice.
Abington – Jefferson Health: Expanding the Frontiers of Cancer Care Together
The timing of the expansion and upgrade of Abington’s cancer program coincides favorably with the recent merger with Jefferson. “This merger presents a great opportunity for the cancer program at Abington, which is already robust and of high quality, to move alongside the top echelon of cancer centers in the U.S.,” said Dr. Pezzi. The new partnership will promote collaboration and ultimately, integration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, one of only 68 NCI-designated cancer centers in the entire U.S.
At the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, patients will benefit from a full spectrum of cancer care, including:
- Chemotherapy, increasingly using targeted therapies that have fewer side-effects;
- Radiation therapy with highly advanced technology; and
- A dedicated oncology pharmacy.
Patients will benefit from having immediately available ancillary services, including:
- MRI and CT scans
- Ultrasound, and
- Outpatient surgical services.
“Our goal is to provide patients with the simplest to the most complex and rare cancers with seamless access to cancer experts and advanced treatments, while we maintain the caring, close-to-home experience for which Abington is known,” said Dr. Pezzi.