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IU Health Simon Cancer Center

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Visitor Restrictions
IU Health Facilities have implemented visitor restrictions to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, flu and other respiratory viruses. View visitor restrictions.

Information on Previously Scheduled Outpatient Appointments
To ensure the health and safety of all our patients and team members during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’re making adjustments to some of our outpatient appointments. View updates to outpatient appointments.

When you need cancer treatment, you want leading-edge care options and the latest advances in cancer research. At IU Health Simon Cancer Center, we offer the most advanced care in modern and comfortable facilities.

We partner with Indiana University School of Medicine to offer patients in Indiana and beyond access to leading-edge cancer care.

You’ll have an entire team of experts working with you. Together, our goal is to find the very best way to support you and treat your cancer.

The IU Health Simon Cancer Center is located in the heart of Indianapolis. Our researchers offer world-class, state-of-the-art programs in cancer research. These programs meet rigorous criteria set by the National Cancer Institute. The National Cancer Institute has designated our center as a comprehensive cancer center. We’re Indiana’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. To achieve that recognition, we’re committed to developing research programs, faculty and facilities. The goal of this work will lead to better approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Our cancer center wants to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer. Our cancer care program excels at caring for all patient needs – from prevention to survivorship and end-of-life care. For these efforts, the IU Health Simon Cancer Center is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Established in 1992, the IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is a partnership between the IU School of Medicine and IU Health. The current name was adopted in 2006 to reflect the philanthropic support of the Melvin and Bren Simon family.

About IU Health Simon Cancer Center

The IU Health Simon Cancer Center is located in the heart of Indianapolis. Our researchers offer world-class, state-of-the-art programs in cancer research. These programs meet rigorous criteria set by the National Cancer Institute. The National Cancer Institute has designated our center as a comprehensive cancer center. We’re Indiana’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. To achieve that recognition, we’re committed to developing research programs, faculty and facilities. The goal of this work will lead to better approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Our cancer center wants to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer. Our cancer care program excels at caring for all patient needs – from prevention to survivorship and end-of-life care. For these efforts, the IU Health Simon Cancer Center is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Established in 1992, the IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is a partnership between the IU School of Medicine and IU Health. The current name was adopted in 2006 to reflect the philanthropic support of the Melvin and Bren Simon family.

Patients turn to the IU Health Simon Cancer Center for cancer care every day. Our unique approach pioneered in Indiana brings in specialists from many fields to address your diagnosis or care needs. You will have a full team on your side. This includes:

  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Physical therapists
  • Spiritual care chaplains
  • Social workers
  • Nurse navigators

We offer diagnostic, treatment and prevention that meets your unique needs. Our CompleteLife program addresses your well-being needs, as well as for your loved ones, in one setting. These include emotional, psychological and spiritual concerns. We offer:

  • A wide range of innovative treatment options
  • Expert teams of diverse professionals focused on your specific cancer type
  • Attention to all cancer care needs

Pioneering the next generation of care

Research expertise at IU Health Simon Cancer Center is known around the world. It can offer renewed hope for patients and families and new options in cancer care. Clinical trials are vital to the research for new treatment programs. Learn more about clinical trials with the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

Precision genomics

Through our precision genomics program, we offer a personalized patient experience unlike any other in the world. We use DNA to customize the course of treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with advanced forms of cancer.

We provide you with a genomic consult and cancer diagnostic genomic testing. Genomic technology allows data from your DNA to be sequenced. This process can reveal the inner workings of cancer. That means your cancer can be precisely targeted with FDA-approved drugs or clinical trials.

Through genetic testing and accessibility of these drugs, our program experts identify the right treatment for you. A committee of more than 20 leading-edge IU School of Medicine faculty reviews each patient’s genomic results. We’re committed to providing the best individual treatment plan for you.

Our Approach to Cancer Care

Patients turn to the IU Health Simon Cancer Center for cancer care every day. Our unique approach pioneered in Indiana brings in specialists from many fields to address your diagnosis or care needs. You will have a full team on your side. This includes:

  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Physical therapists
  • Spiritual care chaplains
  • Social workers
  • Nurse navigators

We offer diagnostic, treatment and prevention that meets your unique needs. Our CompleteLife program addresses your well-being needs, as well as for your loved ones, in one setting. These include emotional, psychological and spiritual concerns. We offer:

  • A wide range of innovative treatment options
  • Expert teams of diverse professionals focused on your specific cancer type
  • Attention to all cancer care needs

Pioneering the next generation of care

Research expertise at IU Health Simon Cancer Center is known around the world. It can offer renewed hope for patients and families and new options in cancer care. Clinical trials are vital to the research for new treatment programs. Learn more about clinical trials with the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

Precision genomics

Through our precision genomics program, we offer a personalized patient experience unlike any other in the world. We use DNA to customize the course of treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with advanced forms of cancer.

We provide you with a genomic consult and cancer diagnostic genomic testing. Genomic technology allows data from your DNA to be sequenced. This process can reveal the inner workings of cancer. That means your cancer can be precisely targeted with FDA-approved drugs or clinical trials.

Through genetic testing and accessibility of these drugs, our program experts identify the right treatment for you. A committee of more than 20 leading-edge IU School of Medicine faculty reviews each patient’s genomic results. We’re committed to providing the best individual treatment plan for you.

Parking

Patients may be dropped off or picked up at the main entrance or as directed on the pre-visit information from your doctor’s office. All garages have elevators, stairs and reserved parking spaces for people with special parking needs. They are also van accessible. Garages are always monitored by security officers and cameras.

IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is located next to a busy college campus, so you may need extra time to travel at certain times of the day.

Garages

  • Adult Outpatient Center Garage at IU Health University Hospital: Located on the northeast corner of the hospital next to the IU Health University Hospital main entrance on University Blvd, this garage serves all outpatients, inpatients and hospital visitors. View parking map. For the most up-to-date parking rates, please visit IUPUI Parkings Services.
  • IUPUI’s Vermont Street Garage: Located on Vermont Street, one street south of Michigan Street, this garage serves all outpatients, inpatients and hospital visitors. View parking map. For the most up-to-date parking rates, please visit IUPUI Parkings Services.

    Monthly Pass

    Family and visitors who have a loved one at any IU Health facility for a long-term stay may purchase a monthly parking pass for either surface lots or garages from IUPUI Parking Services. More information can be found at IUPUI Parkings Services.

    Transportation Options

    Below you will find a variety of transportation options to get you around the IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center campus and other Indianapolis destinations.

    IndyGo

    Indianapolis’s public transportation system, IndyGo, has several bus routes with stops near IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

    If you have questions, please call the IndyGo Customer Call Center where staff members can assist with ticketing, trip planning, route detours and delays. Spanish speaking representatives are available as well as a language line with more than 170 other languages.

    • IndyGo Customer Service Call Center: 317.635.3344
    • Call-in Hours: Weekdays, 7 am – 7 pm and Saturdays, 9 am - noon

    Taxi Service

    If you or your loved one is in need of Indianapolis taxi service, call 317.487.7777 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    IU Health Shuttle

    The IU Health shuttle service connects IU Health facilities downtown, including IU Health University Hospital. The shuttle service is free and open to the public as well as members of our healthcare team.

    Multiple shuttles run during peak hours and each shuttle can accommodate up to 30 riders, minimizing wait times and ensuring efficient service.

    Riders have the option to take the downtown route, which stops at six IU Health facilities, or the express route which stops at three locations. Riders can track the progress of the shuttles via the online tracker at iuhealth.ridesystems.net.

    The downtown route runs:

    • Monday through Friday 6 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm
    • No service on Sundays

    The express route runs:

    • Monday – Friday, 7 am – 6 pm
    • No service Saturday or Sunday

    Visitor Information

    Our healthcare team understands that having family and friends around is important to the healing process. Your family is welcome anytime, but we do ask guests to follow the guidelines below.

    When can guests visit?

    Hours are different for each unit, so you will need to check with your nurse or a guest relations representative for specific visiting hours on a unit. Please note that these may change based on a patient’s condition or scheduled tests. There may be special guidelines for coming or staying after 9 pm.

    Can children come?

    In general, it is a good idea to check with a guest relations team member before bringing a child as a visitor. Children younger than 14 years must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient at all times. Some units may require health screens or have other limitations on children visiting.

    If someone is sick, can they visit?

    For your protection, people should not visit if they are sick, especially if they have a sore throat, cold or fever.

    Is smoking allowed?

    All IU Health facilities are smoke-free. For the safety of everyone, smoking is not allowed in any IU Health building or on the grounds.

    What is the alcohol and drug policy at IU Health?

    All IU Health facilities are alcohol and drug-free.

    What is the IU Health firearm policy?

    It is the policy of IU Health that no one, other than IU Health Security Officers or on-duty Law Enforcement Officers, carry or have in their possession a firearm or weapon while in a IU Health facility. Law enforcement officers should check in with IU Health Security if they plan to carry on premises.

    About Your Visit

    Parking

    Patients may be dropped off or picked up at the main entrance or as directed on the pre-visit information from your doctor’s office. All garages have elevators, stairs and reserved parking spaces for people with special parking needs. They are also van accessible. Garages are always monitored by security officers and cameras.

    IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is located next to a busy college campus, so you may need extra time to travel at certain times of the day.

    Garages

    • Adult Outpatient Center Garage at IU Health University Hospital: Located on the northeast corner of the hospital next to the IU Health University Hospital main entrance on University Blvd, this garage serves all outpatients, inpatients and hospital visitors. View parking map. For the most up-to-date parking rates, please visit IUPUI Parkings Services.
    • IUPUI’s Vermont Street Garage: Located on Vermont Street, one street south of Michigan Street, this garage serves all outpatients, inpatients and hospital visitors. View parking map. For the most up-to-date parking rates, please visit IUPUI Parkings Services.

      Monthly Pass

      Family and visitors who have a loved one at any IU Health facility for a long-term stay may purchase a monthly parking pass for either surface lots or garages from IUPUI Parking Services. More information can be found at IUPUI Parkings Services.

      Transportation Options

      Below you will find a variety of transportation options to get you around the IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center campus and other Indianapolis destinations.

      IndyGo

      Indianapolis’s public transportation system, IndyGo, has several bus routes with stops near IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

      If you have questions, please call the IndyGo Customer Call Center where staff members can assist with ticketing, trip planning, route detours and delays. Spanish speaking representatives are available as well as a language line with more than 170 other languages.

      • IndyGo Customer Service Call Center: 317.635.3344
      • Call-in Hours: Weekdays, 7 am – 7 pm and Saturdays, 9 am - noon

      Taxi Service

      If you or your loved one is in need of Indianapolis taxi service, call 317.487.7777 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

      IU Health Shuttle

      The IU Health shuttle service connects IU Health facilities downtown, including IU Health University Hospital. The shuttle service is free and open to the public as well as members of our healthcare team.

      Multiple shuttles run during peak hours and each shuttle can accommodate up to 30 riders, minimizing wait times and ensuring efficient service.

      Riders have the option to take the downtown route, which stops at six IU Health facilities, or the express route which stops at three locations. Riders can track the progress of the shuttles via the online tracker at iuhealth.ridesystems.net.

      The downtown route runs:

      • Monday through Friday 6 am – 8 pm
      • Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm
      • No service on Sundays

      The express route runs:

      • Monday – Friday, 7 am – 6 pm
      • No service Saturday or Sunday

      Visitor Information

      Our healthcare team understands that having family and friends around is important to the healing process. Your family is welcome anytime, but we do ask guests to follow the guidelines below.

      When can guests visit?

      Hours are different for each unit, so you will need to check with your nurse or a guest relations representative for specific visiting hours on a unit. Please note that these may change based on a patient’s condition or scheduled tests. There may be special guidelines for coming or staying after 9 pm.

      Can children come?

      In general, it is a good idea to check with a guest relations team member before bringing a child as a visitor. Children younger than 14 years must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient at all times. Some units may require health screens or have other limitations on children visiting.

      If someone is sick, can they visit?

      For your protection, people should not visit if they are sick, especially if they have a sore throat, cold or fever.

      Is smoking allowed?

      All IU Health facilities are smoke-free. For the safety of everyone, smoking is not allowed in any IU Health building or on the grounds.

      What is the alcohol and drug policy at IU Health?

      All IU Health facilities are alcohol and drug-free.

      What is the IU Health firearm policy?

      It is the policy of IU Health that no one, other than IU Health Security Officers or on-duty Law Enforcement Officers, carry or have in their possession a firearm or weapon while in a IU Health facility. Law enforcement officers should check in with IU Health Security if they plan to carry on premises.

      CompleteLife Program

      The CompleteLife Program is a comprehensive therapy program that attends to the body, mind and spirit of the whole person. CompleteLife services are available for patients and families of IU Health Simon Cancer Center and IU Health University Hospital.

      The CompleteLife Program offers complimentary:

      • Appearance consultations
      • Art therapy
      • Massage therapy
      • Music therapy
      • Support groups
      • Yoga for relaxation

      Additional programs are provided by IU Health team members:

      • Spiritual care
      • Nutrition counseling
      • Social work services
      • Psychiatric/psychological consultations

      For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 317.944.0301 or email CompleteLife@iuhealth.org.

      Lunchtime Music

      Every Thursday from 11:30am-1:00pm, music is played for all IU Health staff, patients, friends and family members in the 1st floor lobby of the Cancer Resource Center. Performers play select favorites and take requests as well. During nice weather, performers often play in the courtyard outside the Bistro and CompleteLife room.

      Ancillary Services

      CompleteLife Program

      The CompleteLife Program is a comprehensive therapy program that attends to the body, mind and spirit of the whole person. CompleteLife services are available for patients and families of IU Health Simon Cancer Center and IU Health University Hospital.

      The CompleteLife Program offers complimentary:

      • Appearance consultations
      • Art therapy
      • Massage therapy
      • Music therapy
      • Support groups
      • Yoga for relaxation

      Additional programs are provided by IU Health team members:

      • Spiritual care
      • Nutrition counseling
      • Social work services
      • Psychiatric/psychological consultations

      For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 317.944.0301 or email CompleteLife@iuhealth.org.

      Lunchtime Music

      Every Thursday from 11:30am-1:00pm, music is played for all IU Health staff, patients, friends and family members in the 1st floor lobby of the Cancer Resource Center. Performers play select favorites and take requests as well. During nice weather, performers often play in the courtyard outside the Bistro and CompleteLife room.

      Within the building, there are a variety of food choices, as well as a gift shop, ATMs and a convenient pharmacy.

      In addition to the interactive public areas, there are numerous private spaces for personal reflection. Infusion areas for outpatient chemotherapy feature various comfort details, including fireplaces, expansive windows and privacy screens. On the inpatient floor, we have a family laundry room, family shower room and children’s play area for the convenience of patients and their families.

      The following areas can be found on the specified floors.

      Places to Eat in the Hospital

      At IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, guests are welcome to order a meal and dine with you in your room. To order a guest meal, guests should visit the Patio View Café and purchase a guest meal. Guest meals may be ordered to arrive with your meal. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

      Amenities

      Within the building, there are a variety of food choices, as well as a gift shop, ATMs and a convenient pharmacy.

      In addition to the interactive public areas, there are numerous private spaces for personal reflection. Infusion areas for outpatient chemotherapy feature various comfort details, including fireplaces, expansive windows and privacy screens. On the inpatient floor, we have a family laundry room, family shower room and children’s play area for the convenience of patients and their families.

      The following areas can be found on the specified floors.

      Places to Eat in the Hospital

      At IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, guests are welcome to order a meal and dine with you in your room. To order a guest meal, guests should visit the Patio View Café and purchase a guest meal. Guest meals may be ordered to arrive with your meal. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

      Medical Services

      Blood & Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant & Immune Cell Therapy

      Stem cell transplants replace bone marrow destroyed by cancer or cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation.

      Breast Cancer

      The most common cancer in women, we help you every step of the way—from prevention to early detection to advanced treatment.

      Cancer

      Cancer care includes a variety of treatments, systematic therapies, surgery and clinical trials.

      Chemotherapy

      Chemotherapy uses specialized drugs either to kill cancer cells or to help manage side effects of cancer.

      Leukemia

      A cancer of the blood caused by the bone marrow producing abnormal white blood cells that crowd out healthy ones.

      Precision Genomics

      Precision genomics uses your cancer’s unique genomic makeup to offer you individualized and targeted treatment recommendations.

      IU Health coordinates with organizations to help you find a comfortable place to stay during your treatment.

      ProCare Hotels

      IU Health and ProCare Network have created ProCare Hotels to assist staff, patients and families in finding and booking hotels in downtown Indianapolis. ProCare has partnered with several downtown hotels to offer the most suitable accommodations and services at significant discounts.

      To access this service, call 317.974.2039 for assistance (available 24-hours-a-day, seven days per week). Whether for a single overnight stay or for several weeks, a standard hotel room or an apartment-like suite, ProCare Network will find a place that meets the patient's and family’s individual and financial needs. For more information, visit the ProCare website.

      Fair Haven Foundation Inc.

      Fair Haven Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center patients and their families. Housing is provided free-of-charge to eligible patients from outside the Indianapolis area undergoing long-term cancer treatment.

      Fair Haven leases several one-bedroom apartments at Lockefield Gardens, a private apartment complex located across the street from IU Health University Hospital (a short five to ten minute walk). All applicants must be referred by an oncology social worker. Check with an IU Health social worker for more information.

      SON Foundation

      The Son Foundation is a nonprofit that provides lodging needs for cancer patients, caregivers and families. The Son foundation asks guests for a $15 donation per night, but those who are unable to pay are not turned away.

      The Son Foundation house is located downtown Indianapolis, about a five to ten minute drive to IU Health University Hospital. The Son foundation house has five private bedrooms, three shared bathrooms, along with several community areas. Please contact your oncology social worker for more information and the referral process.

      Places to Stay

      IU Health coordinates with organizations to help you find a comfortable place to stay during your treatment.

      ProCare Hotels

      IU Health and ProCare Network have created ProCare Hotels to assist staff, patients and families in finding and booking hotels in downtown Indianapolis. ProCare has partnered with several downtown hotels to offer the most suitable accommodations and services at significant discounts.

      To access this service, call 317.974.2039 for assistance (available 24-hours-a-day, seven days per week). Whether for a single overnight stay or for several weeks, a standard hotel room or an apartment-like suite, ProCare Network will find a place that meets the patient's and family’s individual and financial needs. For more information, visit the ProCare website.

      Fair Haven Foundation Inc.

      Fair Haven Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center patients and their families. Housing is provided free-of-charge to eligible patients from outside the Indianapolis area undergoing long-term cancer treatment.

      Fair Haven leases several one-bedroom apartments at Lockefield Gardens, a private apartment complex located across the street from IU Health University Hospital (a short five to ten minute walk). All applicants must be referred by an oncology social worker. Check with an IU Health social worker for more information.

      SON Foundation

      The Son Foundation is a nonprofit that provides lodging needs for cancer patients, caregivers and families. The Son foundation asks guests for a $15 donation per night, but those who are unable to pay are not turned away.

      The Son Foundation house is located downtown Indianapolis, about a five to ten minute drive to IU Health University Hospital. The Son foundation house has five private bedrooms, three shared bathrooms, along with several community areas. Please contact your oncology social worker for more information and the referral process.