HRRMC Chemotherapy & Infusion Department
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Infusion Department,
located next to the cafe in the hospital, offers the following services
for patients in a comfortable atmosphere.
- Blood transfusions
- Intravenous medications
- Therapeutic phlebotomy
Our medical oncologist, Francene Mason, M.D., and Wendy Oatis, M.D., and
physician assistant, CJ Johnson, PA-C, are passionate about the impact
of healthy lifestyle choices on the prevention, recovery and prognosis
of cancer. Dr. Mason is a board-certified internist and medical oncologist
who has practiced clinical and academic medicine for more than 30 years.
She co-authored the first prescriptive book on exercise and cancer titled
"The Force Program," and has frequently lectured and published
in the field. Dr. Oatis is board certified in internal medicine, hematology
and medical oncology and has also published in the field. CJ Johnson has
specialized in working with oncology patients since 2001.
Additionally, the registered nurses who work in this area are highly skilled,
with specialized clinical skills and training. Their goal is to work as
a team member with patients, families and physicians to provide the highest
level of care for patients close to home.
What is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy, or "chemo," is the use of strong drugs to treat
cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, chemotherapy was first
used to treat cancer in the 1950s and more than 100 chemo drugs are now
in use. Your doctor will determine which chemo drugs to give you based
on the type of cancer and how far it has spread in your body (the stage).
Thankfully, chemo has come a long way since its initial introduction into
the medical field. The side effects are much more manageable now, and
patients can enjoy a better quality of life while under treatment. The
medical professionals at HRRMC take every measure possible to mitigate
side effects in our patients.
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Salida, CO 81201