Urgent care facilities geared to cancer patients can provide better care while saving ER resources.
On an afternoon a few weeks ago, Faithe Craig noticed that her temperature had spiked to just above 100 degrees F. For most people, the change might not be cause for alarm, but Craig is being treated for stage 3 breast cancer, and any temperature change could signal a serious problem.
She called her nurse at the hospital clinic where she gets care, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, who told her to come in immediately for cancer urgent-care services at the hospital’s hematology oncology clinic.
“I thought I’d be waiting there all night,” said Craig, a 33-year-old teacher and single mother. But the hospital had already lined up a blood draw before she arrived and then sent her directly to get X-rays.
Clinicians had details of her cancer care at their fingertips. “They already knew my story and knew everything about me,” she said. The blood work showed she had severe anemia, requiring a blood transfusion, pronto.
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