The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care
Named in honor of longtime UC San Diego benefactor Pauline Foster and her husband Stanley, who died of cancer, The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care will be home to medical professionals who are specially trained in caring for the complex needs of patients with cancer.
Encompassing three floors of Jacobs Medical Center, The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care will offer targeted cancer therapies, requiring advanced genomic sequencing and molecular profiling technologies that are often only available at research-intensive university hospitals, in addition to innovative treatments for pain, infection, loss of balance and distressed breathing that may be associated with disease.
Meeting Demand for Advanced Care
Patients will also have access to the expertise of cancer specialists at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Moores Cancer Center is adjacent to Jacobs Medical Center but is an outpatient-only facility, providing services to a patient population that is currently growing at about 18 percent annually.
With 108 dedicated private beds, the Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care will double UC San Diego Health System’s capacity to treat patients with every form of malignancy and help meet the community’s growing need for academic-level specialty cancer care.
Blood and Marrow Transplants
One of the most unique features of the cancer hospital will be the expanded Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Program, jointly sponsored by UC San Diego Health System and Sharp Healthcare. When Jacobs Medical Center opens to patients in 2016, the air on the entire sixth floor will be positively pressurized and specially filtered to help reduce the risk of infection for patients with compromised immune function. These measures will allow patients to leave their treatment room, walk around open areas of the unit, and visit with friends and family. The floor will also have a physical fitness area for patients who would like to exercise throughout their care and recovery.
For patients with chemotherapy-resistant blood cancers, UC San Diego doctors will be able to remove a patient’s T cells, a type of white blood cell, and reprogram them with new genes to attack the cancer. The targeted cancer therapy aims to induce and maintain remission. Patients will also have access to cell-based immunotherapy, in which an individual’s own immune cells are reengineered to fight cancer.
The Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care will be able to offer the highest-quality of care for the nation’s most medically fragile patients, while providing a clinical setting for developing and implementing new therapies, offering hope to patients whose cancer cannot be treated by conventional approaches.