UK Hospital shows off new cancer treatment unit

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Kentucky is now better equipped to treat cancer patients. The hospital unveiled a new 63-bed inpatient unit on Friday. UK says the unit has everything the hospital needs to treat patients with the most complex cancer conditions.

UK Hospital unveiled a new inpatient floor at Markey Cancer Center.

The new floor has a unit in each tower. One unit will have 31 beds for medical and surgical oncology patients. The other unit will have 32 beds for bone marrow transplant patients and patients with blood cancers.

It's also designed to help patients and their families during long hospital stays. The floor includes a family suite, family kitchens, laundry facilities, a business center, and a family comfort center. The family comfort center is one a former patient, Sarah Lister, calls especially important.

"People need a place to go to grab a cup of coffee, or to be able to have a little fellowship with each other, or maybe even just to sneak away to cry for a few minutes so the patient doesn't see that. So this space has been really thoughtfully considered with the support system in mind," Lister said.

Patients are moving into this new floor this weekend.

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