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Baylor Scott & White Breaks Ground on New Cancer Care Facility in Austin/Round Rock Region

Cancer center and medical office building to offer full spectrum of specialty, subspecialty care in one location

More than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. To help meet the growing health care needs of the community, Baylor Scott & White Health is opening a cancer center and medical office building to provide personalized, integrated and comprehensive care in one location.

Located on the southwest side of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Round Rock, the 100,000-square-foot, four-story facility will include a designated Cancer Center on the first floor which will offer medical oncology, radiation oncology, imaging, and a comprehensive breast center. The upper floors will include bone & joint services (orthopedics, podiatry, physical therapy, and pain medicine), and neurology.

The new Baylor Scott & White Cancer Center – Round Rock will offer enhanced cancer diagnostic and treatment services, cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and long-term monitoring in one location so Austin/Round Rock residents can continue to work, attend school, and maintain their daily activities while they receive comprehensive cancer care close to home.

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“This facility will benefit our patients by allowing surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, nurses, and therapists immediate access to one another throughout the day to review results, discuss clinical findings and agree on a designated plan tailored to each individual patient,” Rob Watson, MD, chief medical officer for Baylor Scott & White – Austin/Round Rock region. “This combined diagnostic medical team approach and integrated care model is something that makes us unique.”

Backed by the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas, the Baylor Scott & White – Round Rock Cancer Center will offer advanced technology and treatments, including:

  • Radiation oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Hematology
  • Surgical oncology
  • Outpatient infusion services
  • Social services
  • Patient and family counseling and support groups
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Nutrition services
  • Integrative medicine
  • On-site lab services
  • Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic with genetic testing

“From the time when an abnormality is discovered to when a patient receives pathology results is one of the most stressful times of a patient’s life. The sooner a patient knows what the abnormality is, the sooner they can find peace of mind or begin planning treatment,” Dr. Watson said. “We’re nationally-recognized for cancer care as the first system in Texas that was accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Additionally, we’re providing access to an entire system of oncology-focused treatment and research protocols our health care system deploys, and patients we care for at the Round Rock Cancer Center will receive timely, effective, and technologically-advanced treatment,” said Dr. Watson.

Baylor Scott & White Health provides patients with access to comprehensive cancer services throughout a large system including research trials and precision medicine. Baylor Scott & White’s recent collaboration with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has allowed the organization to form a large-scale research consortium, beginning with efforts to further personalize oncology—diagnose tumors sooner, then develop individualized treatment paths to increase the patient’s chance of survival.

“The Round Rock Cancer Center will be unlike any other facility in the region because it will offer all cancer treatment options under one roof, employ a multi-disciplinary team of board-certified oncology specialists, and provide access to the entire Baylor Scott & White system,” said Jay Fox, president, Baylor Scott & White – Austin/Round Rock region.

“Our campaign leadership can only express a small portion of the immense gratitude felt by all those whose lives our donors will touch,” said Tom Burdett, cancer center campaign leader and Scott & White Healthcare Foundation board member. “As a result of their support and a generous $1 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation, we have $1.4 million remaining on our $5 million campaign goal. It is through our community’s generous support that we can continue to make a significant difference in the fight against this dreaded disease.”

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