The University of Nebraska Medical Center will hold an open house on Saturday at the new Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
The facility, located at 45th and Dewey Avenue, will open to patients on June 5th so this is a chance for the public to see the largest project ever for UNMC and Nebraska Medicine.
Unique in its design, the Buffett Cancer Center is the most fully integrated cancer center in the world, said Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. The 615,000-square-foot center, with hallways as long as football fields, puts clinical providers in close proximity with their research colleagues with the goal of more efficiently translating research to patient care.
Providers are focused on breast cancer and other women’s cancers, leukemia and lymphoma, lung cancer, pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancers, prostate cancer and head and neck cancer, as well as the cancers diagnosed in childhood.
As the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Nebraska, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center offers treatment options and clinical trials not found elsewhere. The cancer center includes a 98 laboratory research tower, a 108 bed inpatient treatment center and an outpatient center that includes clinics, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology a 24/7 treatment center lab and collaborative treatment diagnostics. It also features a healing arts program with 200 pieces of original artwork, the Chihuly Sanctuary, a healing garden along with therapeutic programs for patients, staff and family.
The open house runs from 9 a.m. until noon.