Memorial Sloan-Kettering Outpatient Cancer Care Center
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is a community of exceptional people united by a singular purpose: to conquer cancer. As a comprehensive cancer center, we are driven to improving the understanding of cancer, finding new ways to treat cancer, and combating the suffering caused by this disease. We treat more patients with cancer than any hospital in the tri-state area, and our education programs ensure that even as we make extraordinary progress each day, we’re training future physicians, nurses, and scientists who will continue to fight cancer on every front, around the world.
With an inpatient capacity level that is consistently above 90 percent and an outpatient care volume that is expected to rise sharply, we must expand outpatient services to meet the growing demand for our services by cancer patients now and in the future.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering has fully embraced the challenge facing all top-tier medical facilities to continue to innovate patient care in tandem with providing state-of-the-art care for those currently in treatment. For the new building on 74th Street, we are:
- Creatively rethinking the process for developing new therapies, both in the laboratory and in the setting of clinical trials
- Developing new treatment paradigms that will lessen the need for patients to be hospitalized for extended periods of time
- Evaluating how design and technology can improve the experience for patients, families, and caregivers
The 74th Street location’s close proximity to our inpatient hospital presents a unique opportunity to extend care to additional cancer patients and to investigate innovative clinical strategies within the walking footprint of our National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. We plan to use our portion of the site to provide leading edge treatment for patients with hematologic cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, head and neck cancers, and thoracic cancer, as well as radiation therapy, early stage clinical trials, and several other programs.
Among the most important changes Memorial Sloan-Kettering anticipates in health care delivery is the transition to performing life-saving bone marrow transplants on an outpatient basis and the increased use of interventional radiology. In terms of bone marrow transplants, many hospitals have already moved to outpatient and hotel environments, instead of lengthier and costlier inpatient hospital care. In addition, the only way to make advances in cancer treatment is through clinical trials. Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s unique ability to take research from the laboratory into the clinical setting is what sets us apart. This new facility will have dedicated space for patients who are being treated in early clinical trials to receive these leading edge treatments.
The facility will have a patient-oriented physical design and will incorporate the most-advanced technology to make our patients’ visits pleasant and fast, so they can return to their normal lives as soon as possible.