The St. Joseph Health Cancer Center provides both inpatient and outpatient care for the medical oncology patient. It is the focal point for cancer treatment in the hospital and brings together health care professionals from many disciplines to meet the needs of our patients and their families.
Our cancer specialist physicians and nurses will use their expanding knowledge along with the latest in technology and equipment to develop a powerful plan to help you fight and win your battle against cancer.
If you choose to stay in our oncology unit, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the hard-working members of our unique team – and you’ll leave with a feeling of confidence, knowing the same team will continue to support you at each visit.
What is chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy (medical oncology) is a potent weapon in the fight against cancer. It can be used to cure cancer, to slow its growth, keep it from spreading, or even to relieve the symptoms caused by cancer. Recent advances in the knowledge and understanding of the biology in cancer cells has led to an impressive increase in the anti-cancer drugs that are available to the medical oncologist.
A combination of drugs will often be used to treat cancer. Each drug is specifically designed to attack one element of the cancer or enhance the body's efforts to fight the disease. Sometimes, chemotherapy is used along with radiation therapy or biotherapy for the most effective treatment. Each type of cancer and every individual are best treated through the development of unique treatment plans that address the location of the cancer, the extent of its growth and the general health of the patient.
The team that makes the difference.
The physicians and staff of the St. Joseph Health Inpatient Oncology Treatment unit are experts in cancer care and they understand the many factors involved in cancer treatment.
Guided by the mission and values of St. Joseph Health, our team has the knowledge and skills to develop the best plan for each patient and the heart and experience to care for you in a supportive and compassionate way. Our nurses have been specifically trained in the care of the cancer patients and several have received national certification recognizing their extraordinary knowledge and abilities.
We’re devoted to your care and to your peace of mind.