As one of the most advanced cancer centers in the country, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute is equipped with leading-edge technology and staffed by some of the best minds in cancer prevention, treatment and research. But we also understand that it’s the small comforts can make the difference between a good experience and a great one. That’s why we provide these and other amenities that help to make your cancer care as comfortable as possible.
The duPont Garden and rooftop gardens
The landscaping of the Helen F. Graham Center & Research Institute, surrounding a lake that has been designated as a nature preserve, is a hidden treasure among the bustle of the Christiana Hospital campus. Patients and visitors can enjoy a snack or read a book at table overlooking the lake and fountains, or stroll through the gardens, which include a mural and labyrinth. In the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute‘s west wing, rooftop gardens are accessible to the suites that face the lake.
Enjoy a piano tune in the lobby
You can often hear one of Christiana Care’s talented volunteers at the keys of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute‘s Yamaha baby-grand piano, lifting spirits and filling the air with music. Stop by the lobby to relax and enjoy a Chopin prelude or a classic from the great American songbook like “What a Wonderful World” or “Pennies From Heaven.” And please say hello to our volunteers, who are always eager to offer a word of encouragement or help you find your way to your next appointment.
Borrow a book or movie from the library
The Junior Board Cancer Resource Library is a treasure trove of health and wellness information, but for many of our patients, it’s the best-kept secret in the house. The library offers a selection of lighthearted movies on DVD that can be just the thing to brighten your spirits after a tough day. Go ahead and borrow one before you head for home—it’s free!
The library also features a selection of children’s books that can keep little ones entertained while mommy or daddy are at the doctor’s.
There is also a mobile library cart, operated by the Junior Board, that provides convenient access to educational materials in waiting areas and infusion suites throughout the cancer center.
Shop at the Simply You Boutique
Located in the northwest corner of the lobby, the Simply You Boutique offers wigs, prostheses and other specialty items designed to help make life a little easier for those living with cancer. The boutique includes a discreet fitting room to help make your shopping a relaxed, peaceful experience.
Food and vending service
Located near the west entrance of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, the Lakeview Cafe provides breakfast and lunch from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday. For breakfast, Lakeview Cafe sells pastries, cereals and hot breakfast sandwiches. The lunch menu changes daily but always includes two featured sandwiches, one salad and two soups. Lakeview Cafe provides a variety of desserts from Bing’s Bakery, coffee and other beverages. To contact the cafe, call 302-623-4240.
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 directions