Urgent Care Clinic offers cancer patients an ER alternative
May 1, 2013
Referring patients in need of cancer care to UT Southwestern can benefit them by providing access to UTSW’s new Cancer Urgent Care Clinic. It’s designed to offer patients an option other than the emergency room when cancer or treatment-related side effects surface.
Typical side effects such as fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea, mouth sores, and skin rashes may not necessarily be life threatening, but they do need to be addressed promptly. That’s where UT Southwestern’s Cancer Urgent Care Clinic comes in.
Available to improve quality of life and care for patients you have referred to the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Cancer Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
It’s staffed with an oncology-certified nurse practitioner or physician assistant who is expressly trained to evaluate and treat cancer-related symptoms and problems. They work in partnership with Simmons Cancer Center physicians and communicate closely with the patient’s primary oncologist and nurse to keep them advised of any diagnosis and treatment. If a patient needs to be admitted to the hospital, Cancer Urgent Care Clinic staff will make the arrangements.
“We work as a team to treat the cancer and care for the person,” says Thomas Froehlich, M.D., Medical Director of the Simmons Cancer Center. “The Cancer Urgent Care Clinic helps us meet patient needs in an efficient and compassionate manner during those times when both characteristics are especially needed.”
Located at 2201 Inwood Road in Dallas, the Cancer Urgent Care Clinic is housed within the Simmons Cancer Center, where your referred patient normally sees his or her physician. To learn more about this resource for your patients, call 214-645-HOPE (4673).