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The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus Expands to New Facility
Kimmel Cancer Center to Focus on Treating Patients with Lung and Esophageal Cancers
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center has a new home on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. The $26 million project broke ground in the spring of 2013. The Center’s team began seeing patients on February 23, 2015 in the facility at 300 Mason Lord Drive. The center provides an expansion of the medical oncology practice and brings radiation oncology to campus for the first time.
Thoracic oncology (mesothelioma, lung and esophageal cancers) is the main focus of this location of the Kimmel Cancer Center. Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to creating a Center of Excellence for Thoracic Oncology by offering thoracic expertise from many disciplines: radiology, pathology, interventional pulmonology, surgical oncology, medical oncology and radiation oncology. A lung cancer screening program offers screening procedures for people at risk for developing lung cancer. Other types of cancer also will be treated here.
The new building houses 21 infusion bays overlooking tranquil garden space, 20 clinical exam rooms, a CT simulator, and a linear accelerator for radiation treatments. Bringing radiation oncology on campus means that patients with cancer can now come to one place for all of their treatments—which equals less stress and travel time. Services will be offered from interventional pulmonology, surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, hematology and palliative care.
The facilities were built with state-of-the-art technology in a beautiful, easy to access setting. Ambient lighting inside allows the lights to be adjusted to any color on the spectrum, creating a calming environment for patients. One of the special features of the Cancer Center is its “green roof.” Plants on the roof make the building more energy efficient, filter rainwater, protect it from damage, and add beauty.
“This expanded location of the Kimmel Cancer Center provides more services and conveniences for patients,” says Julie Brahmer, M.D., director of the thoracic oncology program. “It makes a positive difference to have a center of excellence that brings experts from all disciplines together to care for patients.”
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