Medical Oncology and Chemotherapy at St. Joseph Health is managed by a team of cancer doctors who specialize in the medical management of blood disorders (hematology) and cancer (oncology). Medical oncology doctors also specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hematologic (blood and lymph node) disorders such as leukemia and lymphoma.
Our medical oncologists lead in the research and development of new medical therapies for cancer treatment. Most of our nurses are OCN certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. And our Pathology Lab is CAP certified.
Biological therapy involves the use of living organisms, substances derived from living organisms, or laboratory-produced versions of such substances to treat disease. Some biological therapies for cancer use vaccines or bacteria to stimulate the body’s immune system and act against the cancer cells. For patients with cancer, biological therapies may be used to treat the cancer itself or the side effects of other cancer treatments.
Pain management through expert Palliative & Supportive Care is a crucial part of what we do at St. Joseph Health. Palliative care during and after cancer treatment is about applying the science of medicine and adding the element of compassion from our caring staff. Our focus is on reducing pain and suffering while promoting comfort and quality of life during this most difficult time. This includes communication, management of physical symptoms, advanced care planning, psychosocial and spiritual support, and the coordination of care for services like, Hospice.
Advanced Cancer Surgery
Our cancer surgery team is driven to provide our patients with the safest and most effective cancer surgery experience. Our surgeons are skilled in the most advanced, yet traditional cancer surgeries and minimally invasive surgeries, including robotic surgery techniques for every part of the human body.
To improve our patients’ outcomes, our cancer surgeons and interventional specialists at St. Joseph Health research, educate, and continually train so they’re up to date on the latest technologies and safety systems for cancer surgery.
Clinical Trial Research Therapies
St. Joseph Health Cancer Center participates in research studies and clinical trials, and has a continuous flow of studies and trials available to our patients. In fact, we’re actively seeking patients to take part in trials, administer a treatment or drug being studied, and provide a comprehensive follow up after the trial has concluded. We have a Clinical Research Nurse on staff to oversee clinical trials and keep our patients and their families informed throughout treatment.