Cancer services are one of the greatest healthcare needs for communities and one of the most viable service lines for healthcare providers. Trinity has worked closely with oncologists, oncology services managers and clinicians to understand the operational and technical requirements of these facilities.
Cancer programs and services should consider the following potential facility components:
- Nursing Services: While similar to other acute care nursing units in many respects, Oncology Nursing Units often place special emphasis on the ability to maintain privacy and dignity for the patient, strong family support and control of infection. These facilities also provide special "de-institutionalized" design to accommodate palliative and end-of-life care.
- Medical Oncology: Includes infusion, laboratory/pharmacy requirements, potential impact of oral chemotherapy agents and targeted drug therapies (Gleevec, etc.), genetic screening and future technologies (gene therapy, vaccine therapy, etc.).
- Rehabilitation: Specialized facilities dedicated to the rehabilitation needs of cancer patients.
- Surgical Oncology: Surgery including minimally invasive techniques.
- Radiation Oncology: External beam 2-D radiation therapy, IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy), IGRT (image-guided radiation therapy), TomoTherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery (gamma knife, Cyberknife, other new technologies) and brachytherapy.
- Oncology Imaging: PET/CT scanning, mammography (including digital, tomosynthesis), virtual colonoscopy, lung CT screening, MRI (breast coils) and radiography.
Provider Services: Oncologist offices (medical, surgical, radiation, gynecology), clinics, conference space, wellness programs, education programs, retail/boutique components, therapeutic spa and research components.