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Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteBoston Needs its Own Cancer Center. Dana-Farber and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Will Create It

A Sea-Change in Cancer Care: Boston’s First Freestanding Cancer Hospital

In a significant development for cancer care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have announced a clinical collaboration to build the region’s only freestanding, adult inpatient cancer hospital. This initiative aims to address the increasing incidence of cancer due to an aging population and rising rates of early-onset cancers among younger people.

Key Points

  • The collaboration’s shared vision will allow researchers and clinicians to continue to work together to discover and provide new approaches to cancer care.
  • The proposed cancer hospital represents a sea-change approach to cancer care in the region.
  • Leading cancer centers around the country, including Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, have adopted a similarly dedicated model.
  • Published data show patients cared for in dedicated cancer hospitals have better outcomes than patients who receive their care at general hospitals.
  • The proximity of the newly proposed cancer center built between the Dana-Farber and BIDMC campuses means patients will benefit from the knowledge and skills of the world-class medical and surgical clinicians at BIDMC.

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