Cancer Care Service Line
The Nebraska Medical Center is dedicated to excellence and innovation in compassionate, quality health care through teamwork, education and research.
Cancer Care Vision
To advance cancer services in the region through research and the provision of state-of-the-art patient care.
Cancer Care Patient Areas
- Oncology Hematology Special Care Unit (OHSCU): A 30-bed inpatient specialty care area for adults and children requiring acute or critical care for hematology and oncology disorders including hematopoietic cell transplantation.
- Cowdery Patient Care Center (CPCC): A multi-faceted ambulatory outpatient center including multidisciplinary and specialty cancer clinics, a fast-track area for lab draws and short treatments, and a large infusion center for more complex evaluation and treatments open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Lied Transplant Cooperative Care (LTCC): This inpatient unit, housed in the Lied Transplant Center provides an innovative care model utilizing family members as care partners in the management of adults and children with hematopoietic cell or solid organ transplant.
- Radiation Oncology: This department provides state of the art care using multiple modalities including intensity modulated radiation therapy, image guided radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and high dose rate brachytherapy. Services are provided in Omaha and in Shenandoah, Iowa.
- The Cancer Center: A new facility in western Omaha at Village Pointe ensures patient care convenience with multidisciplinary services provided in one location including specialty cancer clinics, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, infusion, and radiation oncology.
Patient Care Staffing
Patient care is provided primarily by staff nurses and case managers who coordinate the comprehensive care of oncology patients with other health care providers to accomplish the individualized plan of care. Emphasis is placed on becoming expert in oncology nursing, seeking evidence-based answers to practice questions, and providing patient focused care. Clerks, patient care technicians and certified medical assistants support the professional nurse in performing care or treatment activities and utilize clerical expertise in order entry and receptionist functions. Residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide 24-hour assessment and treatment support with staff physician management.
Research and Education
- Oncology Nursing Fellowship: The Cancer Care Service Line provides a fellowship program for new graduate nurses and nurses new to oncology to improve specialty knowledge and expertise. Clinical nurse educators, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse researchers help design the program and teach educational sessions.
- Eppley Institute: UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center are partners in supporting this institute dedicated to research in cancer and cancer care, cancer prevention and screening, and education. The Eppley Institute is a National Institute of Cancer designated cancer center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
- Nursing Colleges: Clarkson College of Nursing and UNMC College of Nursing provide undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and support nursing research. Cancer care areas provide clinical sites for nursing students.
The cancer program is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Program is accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). The Radiation Oncology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology.