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Inpatient Oncology Treatment

The oncology unit at St. Joseph Regional Health Center plays a vital role in a patient's fight against cancer. Our physicians and nurses, along with the latest in technology and equipment, combine to form a team that is able to fight and win the struggle against cancer. Patients who stay in the oncology unit have the opportunity to get to know members of our unique team, and leave with a feeling of confidence, knowing the same staff will assist them at each visit.

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 a large increase in anti-cancer drugs available to the medical oncologist.

Frequently, a combination of drugs will 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. Occasionally, Chemotherapy is used in conjunction with Radiation Therapy or Biotherapy as well. Each disease and each individual requires a unique plan that addresses the location of the cancer, the extent of its growth and the general health of the patient.

The physicians and staff of the oncology unit are experts in the care of the cancer patient and understand the complexities of treatment. Guided by St. Joseph's mission and values, they have the knowledge and skills to develop the best plan for each patient and the know-how and experience to deliver it in a supportive and caring 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.

The oncology unit 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 experienced staff and their caring demeanor team to make the oncology unit unique to the Brazos Valley.

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