The inpatient oncology unit, located on the second floor of Parkview Regional Medical Center as of March 2012, is dedicated to the care of cancer patients and their families. Nurses certified in oncology nursing work with other staff members to attend to the physical and emotional needs of patients whose treatment requires hospitalization.
Twenty-two private rooms, each with its own bathroom, include hospice and palliative care rooms. A comfortable family lounge provides a relaxation space for patients and their families apart from the individual patient rooms. Patients and families can take advantage of Internet access for research. Hospital amenities – such as the gift shop and the restaurant – are just a short elevator ride away.
Treatments at the inpatient unit include chemotherapy and/or biotherapy. Some patients are admitted to the unit for management of symptoms such as infection, nausea, vomiting or pain. Radiation therapy is primarily administered at the cancer center's outpatient facility, which is connected to the Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Patients admitted to the inpatient oncology unit may also participate in national research protocols involving new ways to treat cancer or relieve symptoms.