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IU Health expands specialty cancer program into new facility

January 23, 2018

Indiana University Health is expanding a 3-year-old cancer treatment program that has treated more than 1,700 patients with advanced-stage cancer, using a process called precision genomics to chart patients’ DNA and recommend individual treatments.

The health system’s Precision Genomics program is moving into more than 7,500 square feet of new clinical space on the third floor of the Simon Cancer Center on West Michigan Street. The new clinic has six treatment rooms and a genetic consultation room, with satellite locations in Lafayette, Bloomington, Muncie and Carmel. The program previously had been housed in temporary space elsewhere in the Simon Cancer Center.

IU Health is hosting an open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the new clinic. Officials did not disclose how much the expansion cost. The move into the larger space did not include new equipment.

The program is for patients with Stage 3 or Stage 4 cancer who had not had success with traditional treatments. Under the program, patients visit the clinic for a consultation and a biopsy. Scientists analyze the patient’s entire genome, which is 22,000 genes, leading to a personalized treatment plan.

IU Health said it expects the program to treat 650 patients this year.

 

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