Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE, 19713

Year Opened: 1832
Patients: 3,000 new cancer patients annually
Fast Fact: Received $2.8 million from NCI Program

Doctors in this Hospital

Charles Mulligan
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About Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Headquartered in Delaware and operating since 2002, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center is one of the most advanced cancer care facilities in the nation. The center’s physicians treat and diagnose mesothelioma and other cancers with the help of the latest advances in medical technology, a 4,000-square-foot on-site research laboratory and an expansive array of amenities and services. A part of the Christiana Care Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the U.S., the center provides comprehensive cancer treatment to more than 3,000 cancer patients per year.

In 2007 the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center was among the first 16 awarded sites of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). Created to build a community-based research platform and improve the overall quality of patient care, the program and its support helped the center become recognized as a world leader in cancer diagnosis, treatment and research. Further, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center’s excellence in cancer care served as a national model for other care centers when the NCCCP expanded to include an additional 14 community hospitals in 2010.

Treatment Options

Doctors at Helen F. Graham Cancer Center take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment of all cancer types, including mesothelioma. This means that a full team of experts provide cancer screening, prevention, treatment and palliative care under one roof. In addition to a primary-care doctor, the multidisciplinary team could include a surgeon, a medical oncologist, a hematologist and a radiation oncologist. Decades of clinical experience show that multimodal treatments combining surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are most effective, so the cancer center’s experts collaborate to provide a world-class treatment plan individualized for the specific needs of every patient.

Thoracic surgeons at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center’s Thoracic and Esophageal Cancer Multidisciplinary Center use multimodal therapy to treat patients with mesothelioma, lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other malignancies of the chest. Specializing in the treatment of mesothelioma, mediastinal tumors and lung cancer, Charles R. Mulligan, M.D., offers various effective surgical options, many of which are minimally invasive. Mulligan and his team not only strive to provide outstanding patient care today, but also contribute toward advancing the treatment options of tomorrow. Helen F. Graham Cancer Center surgeons are deeply involved in collaborative research, medical education, national and international studies and clinical trials.

Research Program

The quality treatments and patient care offered at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center would not be possible without the countless advances being made in the laboratory. New scientific discoveries by Christiana Care’s Cancer Research Program are constantly changing what we know about cancer and how it is most effectively treated.

As a part of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center received a $2.8 million dollar boost to extend cancer research in 2010. This funding is currently being used to support basic, clinical and population-based research initiatives, expand community outreach programs, advance survivorship and palliative care and improve disparities in health care.

As a part of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center received a $2.8 million dollar boost to extend cancer research in 2010. This funding is currently being used to support basic, clinical and population-based research initiatives, expand community outreach programs, advance survivorship and palliative care and improve disparities in health care.

Additional Resources

  1. About Helen F. Graham Cancer Center's World Class Cancer Program. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.christianacare.org/abouthfgcc
  2. About Christiana Care News. (2011). Retrieved from http://news.christianacare.org/about
  3. Cancer Research at Christiana Care Health System. Retrieved (2011) from http://www.christianacare.org/cancerresearchprogram
  4. Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care Receives $2.8M to Extend Cancer Research. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100422/Helen-F-Graham-Cancer-Center-at-Christiana-Care-receives-2428M-to-extend-cancer-research.aspx
  5. NCI Community Cancer Centers Program – About NCCCP Overview. (2011). Retrieved from http://ncccp.cancer.gov/about/index.htm
  6. Multidisciplinary Care at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care. (2011).Retrieved from http://www.christianacare.org/MultidisciplinaryCare
  7. National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.christianacare.org/ncccp
  8. Nationally Recognized Cancer Care at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.christianacare.org/cancer
  9. Thoracic, Esophageal and Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Center. (2011). Retrieved from (2011).Retrieved from http://www.christianacare.org/lungcancer
  10. Thoracic Surgery – Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.christianacare.org/ThoracicSurgery

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