The Augusta Health Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders is an affiliate of Duke Health. The Duke Cancer Network is a patient-centered team of physicians, researchers, educators, and staff devoted to cancer research. Their goal is to provide seamless integration of all cancer care and research. Established in 1972 as one of the eight original comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, today the Duke Cancer Network is one of only 40 centers that hold that distinction and there are no NCI designated comprehensive cancer centers in Virginia.
Why is Augusta Health affiliated with the Duke Cancer Network?
After exploring several opportunities with large, academic cancer facilities, we found the Duke Cancer Network to be the most responsive, to have the most robust infrastructure, and to offer the widest breadth of programs for our patients and providers.
How does this affiliation benefit our patients?
Augusta Health Center for Cancer & Blood Disorder patients have access to national cooperative group trials and Duke investigator initiated trials. This gives patients local access to the same clinical trials as at other facilities.
Access to clinical trials for our patients is a key component of providing the most advanced cancer care. Our accreditation by the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer center, as well as the certification of our breast program with the NAPBC, require a robust clinical structure.
Other benefits for patients
In addition to access to clinical trials, the affiliation gives the us the opportunity to expand and enhance care for our patients. We can also offer more educational opportunities for cancer care providers at our facility, with programs and symposiums presented by the Duke Cancer Network.