Chemotherapy at UAB Medicine is delivered through the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, which enjoys an international reputation for leading-edge discoveries, expert treatment, and compassionate care. It is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center within a six-state area that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia and one of just 40 nationwide. The center boasts an outstanding faculty of more than 330 physicians and researchers, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized for their oncology expertise. The center treats an estimated 5,000 new patients each year, and each receives the same level of compassionate, leading-edge care that sets us apart from other health care organizations.
The center emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, which helps eliminate the stress from numerous visits to multiple specialists by organizing clinicians from several fields into one team, including a radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, surgical oncologist, pathologist, and other therapists. This allows patients to see each specialist in a single day, greatly reducing the time needed to formulate a customized, comprehensive treatment plan.
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the nation's leading facilities that defines and sets standards for cancer care. Only 21 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are members of the NCCN, whose member institutions lead the fight against cancer while advancing patient care, research, and education.
The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center is an international leader in developing monoclonal antibodies, targeted drugs that bind to specific molecules on cancer cells to interfere with cell function. The center holds two prestigious SPORE grants (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) from the NCI in breast and pancreas cancers. The center also is part of a collaborative partnership with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Colorado-Boulder on a third SPORE in cervical cancer. As a leader in cancer research, UAB offers some of the most promising and advanced treatments, including some that are unavailable elsewhere.
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Proton International at UAB
Proton International at UAB is Alabama’s first and only proton therapy center. Rather than traditional radiation, the center uses protons to reduce the dose to the healthy surrounding tissue and nearby organs, which leads to fewer side effects, better long-term outcomes, and improved quality of life in many patients.
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- Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic
Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic
The Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic takes an interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients with serious illnesses, whether they are in active treatment or have completed treatment. Our goal is to help patients fulfill their maximum physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational, and social potential.
The health professionals at the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic help patients manage the side effects associated with cancer. Referrals to the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic can be made by any treating physician or nurse or by patient self-referral. A broad range of insurance is accepted.
Patient appointment scheduling is flexible and based on patient needs and other concurrent treatments. Clinic sessions are held Wednesday and Friday mornings with palliative care physicians and fellows. A physician assistant is available Monday through Friday.
Physicians and physician assistants have special expertise in complex symptom management including depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, pain syndromes, and others.
Nurses support patients by facilitating the clinic sessions as well as managing communication with patients. They are the front line of patient care.
Physical therapists develop individualized programs for each patient to help with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. Counselors are experienced in structuring counseling sessions to meet the specific needs of each person. Individual, couple, and family sessions are available.
Nutritionists have expertise in nutrition for patients with serious illnesses.
Massage therapists are trained in all types of massage, including oncology massage, which is a specialized approach that supports the body's health before, during, and after treatment for cancer.
Our clinic is an active teaching environment with fellows, residents, and students in both medicine and nursing participating in patient care.
The UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic is located on the 3rd floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital.
Patients can request an appointment online or by calling UAB Healthfinder at 205.934.9999 or 800.822.8816.