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CTCA to host grand opening for new stem cell unit in Philadelphia

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On Thursday, CTCA in Philadelphia will host a Grand Opening Celebration for the hospital’s new Stem Cell Transplant & Cellular Therapy Unit.

The 17,000-square-foot unit will offer patients with hematologic malignancies state-of-the-art stem cell transplantation therapies and a comprehensive array of integrative oncology services to promote quality of life. Hematologic malignancies are cancers that affect the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes.

“My goals are to provide the most personalized cancer care to each patient—to use targeted therapies, innovative technologies and a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses and integrates the hopes and goals of each patient,” says Chief of Medical Oncology Dr. Pamela Crilley.

Designed with patient safety and comfort in mind, the unit features a dedicated infusion suite, stem cell collection unit, private caregiver lounge, nurses station, and eight spacious inpatient suites that include a sitting area with a separate sofa bed and TV for caregivers. Families are welcome to stay as long as they want (keeping their loved one's comfort in mind), as there are no visitation restrictions in the unit.

Each stem cell patient will also have his/her own Patient Empowered Care® team—including a hematologist/BMT physician, dietitian, naturopathic oncology provider, nurse care manager and transplant coordinator—to help manage side effects and cope with the physical and emotional challenges of a stem cell transplant.

The Grand Opening Celebration will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with ongoing tours of the unit and a chance to meet the head oncologists. Along with CTCA patients and caregivers, many key physicians, community and thought leaders, and local government officials are invited to the event.

Some highlights include:

  • 4:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting
  • 5 p.m. Presentation and Q&A with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee – Oncologist, cancer researcher and award-winning science writer, who recently authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, will present.
  • 6 p.m. Celebration featuring The Pointer Sisters– The GRAMMY-winning R&B recording group will deliver a special performance while guests enjoy refreshments and explore the unit.

Learn more about CTCA in Philadelphia.