When faced with a cancer diagnosis you might assume that your medical care will need to take place far from home in larger medical facilities. But once a plan is in place, treatments can, in many cases, happen locally at Redwood Area Hospital’s Cancer Care Center.
“Chemotherapy is the same, whether it’s administered here or elsewhere,” explains Cindy Moldan, RN, OCN, manager of Redwood Area Hospital’s Cancer Care Center.
For 25 years, the Cancer Care Center at Redwood Area Hospital has been providing a variety of cancer services to the Redwood area community, including chemotherapy, targeted I.V. therapy, assistance with long-term port-a-catheters, and cancer education.
The Cancer Care Center is set up for patient comfort with privacy, heated recliners, and televisions. Appointments are scheduled weekdays during regular business hours on an outpatient basis.
A local support system
Moldan says many of their cancer patients choose to receive their treatments locally because of the support system that comes with being close to home.
“You may have family, friends, a religious community and your local family physician here to support you,” Moldan says.
When cancer treatments take place at Redwood Area Hospital it allows your local family physician to stay in the loop with your care. This can ease care transitions if a patient ends up in the emergency room or hospital with an infection or illness during treatment, Moldan explains.
The cancer care team at Redwood Area Hospital wants to be a part of their patient’s support system as well. They call their patients a few days after treatment to see how they are feeling.
“Support is a huge part of what we do,” says Moldan. “Cancer is a journey and you don’t want do it alone.”
A variety of care options
In some cases, patients choose to have their care referred to oncologist/hematologist Joanne Monterroso, who typically sees patients on Wednesdays at Affiliated Community Medical Center – Redwood Falls with treatments provided at Redwood Area Hospital.
In other cases, a patient may choose to continue seeing their preferred oncologist out of town and their doctor simply sends treatment orders to Redwood Area Hospital.
“We have received notes from oncologists at Mayo and other facilities around the state thanking us for taking such good care of their patients in our cancer center,” Moldan says. “We might not always be able to provide a cure, but each day we strive to make a difference.”