Historically, cancer care has been siloed in a healthcare delivery setting, requiring patients to see oncologists, radiologists and surgeons separately, often in varying areas of a facility or another building entirely. Today, these three disciplines work together and meet weekly, sometimes daily, to consult on treatment plans — allowing cancer care delivery to become more integrated under one roof.

Prioritizing the patient experience

Cancer can be a fast-acting and grueling disease, and can affect patients differently, resulting in a spectrum of symptoms and abilities. For this reason, clinic designers must prioritize the patient experience and be cognizant of the ways in which it should accommodate patients' differing needs.

To cater to the spectrum of patient needs, it is important to provide a variety of spaces and conditions, particularly for infusion pods. Patients, depending on symptoms and illness, will have preferences on where they receive infusions, so cancer care facilities should consist of a range of environments to optimize comfort for each patient. While some patients may relish the opportunity to take in sunlight, others may require darkness for sleep and rest. Some may be interested in socializing with other patients, while others may prefer a more quiet, private space.

As patients going through chemotherapy may have cognitive impairment to some degree, as well as limited walking abilities, wayfinding is an important aspect of cancer care clinic design.

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