The LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School are reinventing the complete continuum of cancer care, from prevention and detection to research, treatment and survivorship. Every year in Texas, about 120,000 people are diagnosed with cancer, and 44,000 people — 120 a day — die from the disease. The impact on the health and quality of life of patients and their families is beyond measure.
The institutes’ approach stems from a partnership with the Austin-based LIVESTRONG Foundation, which helped create the institutes in 2014. Their work builds on the knowledge gained from LIVESTRONG’s two decades of service to cancer patients and survivors. LIVESTRONG’s survivor summits, survey data, community outreach and direct navigation services inform the novel design of Dell Med’s cancer clinics to meet the needs, preferences and values of patients and their families alongside innovative research and patient outcome-driven care models.
Topping the agenda? Coordinated, individualized care that meets the health, emotional and financial needs of those who receive a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones.