The number of cancer patients visiting the UC Davis Cancer Center has grown by 50 percent over the past five years. Growth is projected to continue to increase by at least 6 percent a year through 2009.
To meet this demand, the cancer center is seeking to raise $25 million from philanthropic donors to fund a three-story addition to the existing cancer center.
"The population of Northern California and of the region we serve is growing everyday. Our facility was built for roughly 22,000 visits a year; last year we had 30,000 visits a year. We cannot go on delivering the care and, as important, discovering new treatments that make the care better, without having a larger facility," said Ralph deVere White, director of the cancer center and associate dean for cancer programs at UC Davis.
The expansion will make room for the pediatric cancer program, now located in other buildings on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. The project will also expand space for the adult clinic, adult infusion center, pharmacy, clinical laboratory and resource center.
The 46,000-square-foot addition will be built up along the north side of the existing 63,000-square-foot cancer center. A bridge above a common courtyard will connect the two structures. The expansion project will also remodel about 9,000 square feet of the existing cancer center.
Among the project's features:
- A new pediatric hematology and oncology clinic with six exam rooms, one consult room, reception and waiting areas, and indoor and outdoor play spaces
- A new pediatric infusion clinic with 11 infusion stations and two isolation rooms
- An expanded adult hematology and oncology clinic with 18 exam and procedure rooms and two consult rooms
- An expanded adult infusion clinic with 26 infusion stations, two private infusion rooms, two isolation rooms and a more spacious patient waiting area
- A 1,350-square-foot infusion pharmacy, 1,995-square-foot clinical laboratory and 1,810-square-foot outpatient pharmacy
- Expanded administrative and shared common areas
So far, more than $16 million has been committed. Donors to the cancer center expansion include:
- $5 million from the Oakland-based Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation
- $1 million from Susan A. Mathews, a Sacramento businesswoman, in honor of her late husband, Robert, who died of prostate cancer in 1987
- $500,000 from Steve and Lois Sherman
- $198,000 from Edward Jones
- $50,000 from the Keaton Raphael Memorial, to name "Keaton's Korner" the indoor play area in memory of Keaton, 5-year-old son of Robyn and Kyle Raphael of Roseville
UC Davis Cancer Center diagnosed more than 2,000 new cases of cancer and cared for more than 9,000 children and adults with cancer last year. Patients come from throughout the Central Valley, inland Northern California, southern Oregon and western Nevada to the region's only National Cancer Institute-designated center.
In addition, UC Davis Cancer Center unites 286 scientists at work on more than 300 projects aimed at finding new treatments, diagnostic methods and prevention strategies for adult and pediatric cancers. Members of the UC Davis Cancer research program come from more than a dozen schools, departments and divisions of UC Davis and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore.
"Our research and treatment bring new hope every day. We need a facility where patients can be looked after in the comfort and dignity that patients fighting cancer deserve. Our job is to make cancer care better for everyone. But to do it, we need help," said deVere White.