Revolutionizing the Complete Continuum of Cancer Care
The Livestrong Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School have a simple yet powerful mission: to rethink the full range of cancer care, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end-of-life care — all with a focus on the patient’s needs, values and preferences. The team puts this person-centered approach to practice at UT Health Austin, using a model called CaLM (Cancer Life reiMagined) to deliver compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care.
Areas of Focus
Decades of Livestrong research and working with cancer survivors has given care providers an understanding of big challenges faced by cancer patients: chronic pain, loss of fertility, emotional distress, family instability, career impact and long-term financial hardships.
The Cancer Institutes are developing a new model for cancer detection, prevention, treatment, survivorship, education and research that ensures everyone, regardless of income, education, neighborhood or ethnic background, has access to high-quality care when they need it.
The Cancer Institutes aim to provide integrated, whole-person care across the continuum of cancer care through coordinated support teams, including professionals in mental health, social work, palliative care, nutrition, financial services, cancer care and care management that address patients’ unique need and deliver individualized care plans.
Closely affiliated with the Livestrong Cancer Institutes is the Department of Oncology, which aims to advance care — and improve health outcomes — through a patient-centered enterprise strategy developed in partnership with the Central Texas cancer care community. Read a case study highlighting the collaborative approach to cancer prevention and care.