Cancer Care at Northside Medical Center offers quality care for patients that include a medical surgical care unit, oncology inpatient care, and radiation oncology.
MEDICAL SURGICAL CARE UNIT
The Medical Surgical Care Unit provides round-the-clock care to adult oncology patients requiring medical or radiation treatment or surgical interventions, acutely or chronically ill patients in varying stages of surgical recuperation and medical patients requiring diagnostic and/or therapeutic interventions.
Specific unit-based services use an interdisciplinary process, focusing on restoring, maintaining and promoting the well-being of patients, enabling them to live to the fullest extent possible and to die with dignity and comfort. In addition to direct care, both patients and their families receive educational, emotional and spiritual support.
RADIATION ONCOLOGY DEPARTMENT
The Radiation Oncology Department is dedicated to the treatment of cancer patients, employing linear accelerators and radioactive sources for therapeutic intervention. Treatments and care is delivered to patients ranging in age from infant to the geriatric with varying stages of morbidity.
The department’s goal is to develop a comprehensive Cancer Program offering optimal radiation treatment in the most beneficial and cost-efficient manner. The interdisciplinary approach to patient care promotes optimal patient outcomes, relying on both modern-day equipment and qualified personnel.
Under the direction of the medical director, radiation treatments are delivered by radiation therapists, with nursing services provided by registered nurses. A radiation oncologist is present during regular treatment hours and on call for emergency treatments.
A highly trained specialist, the dosimetrist (a member of the medical physics department) provides physicist services, operates the radiation equipments (ie. linear accelerators) and calculates of dosages in cooperation with radiation oncologists.
Regular hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with emergency services available at all other times.