Clinics: CMH/OHSU Cancer Care Center

Since 2008, oncology services at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Astoria, Ore., have gone from a room in the Same Day Surgery Department, where two patients would sit receiving chemotherapy, to a full medical oncology clinic with an infusion center.

In 2015, CMH signed an agreement with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Program to establish the CMH/OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative. The chief goal of the Collaborative is to expand oncology services in our community by building a new cancer center located on what was John Warren Field.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Program's mission is to make Oregon's cancer death rate the lowest in the United States. The partnership with CMH will be the first of its kind for Knight Cancer and will raise the level of cancer care in this rural area to levels once thought unattainable.

Easing the burden

Radiation therapy is the biggest need for cancer patients in the Columbia Pacific Region. Each year, 75 to 100 people travel from our area to Portland, Longview (Wash.), or Seattle for radiation therapy. By providing this much-needed cancer treatment in our community, cancer patients will be able to receive the same excellent care and services, using the same state-of-the-art equipment and technologies currently provided at OHSU, without traveling long distances.

Integrating support

The CMH-OHSU Cancer Care Collaborative will allow us to offer supportive cancer care programs in the same location where patients see their physicians. This includes patient navigation; nutrition services; support groups and counseling; library and education resources; social work services; financial and logistical support; and activities such as yoga, acupuncture, massage, exercise classes and even makeovers.

Opening October 2017

The new cancer center will be a 19,000-square-foot, two-story building. In designing the new center, our goal has been to provide healing environment for all. We've incorporated Planetree design elements for a peaceful and comfortable atmosphere, such as lots of windows for natural light and breathtaking views of the Columbia River, and a garden for reflection and relaxation.

The official groundbreaking is scheduled for Aug. 4, 2016, with the goal to open for patients in October 2017.

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