One of the most peaceful, art-filled rooms at Hudson Hospital & Clinic is ironically where – one drip at a time – brave people quietly wage war with cancer. You’ll find this place at Hudson Hospital’s Chemotherapy & Infusion Center. If you’re looking for comprehensive cancer care that’s caring, convenient and close to home – look no further. Oncology services on the Hudson campus have expanded. Located on the second floor of the hospital, you will find both the Chemotherapy & Infusion Center and Pediatric Chemotherapy & Infusion Center. Both centers are affiliated with larger systems of care offering a seamless thread of coordinated services to patients and their care providers.
Chemotherapy & Infusion Center
Hudson’s Chemotherapy & Infusion Center is part of the Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin, located on the New Richmond health campus. Celebrating its one year anniversary and treating the 100th radiation patient, the state-of-the-art facility is home for the Radiation Therapy Center of Western Wisconsin. It’s a collaboration of six area hospitals including Amery Regional Medical Center; Baldwin Area Medical Center; Hudson Hospital & Clinic; Osceola Medical Center; and St. Croix Regional Medical Center. With consistent oncology service, treatment and support available throughout Western Wisconsin, this collaboration of six area hospitals extends the gift of time to patients – less time navigating travel and traffic, less time waiting for appointments and answers, and more time spent healing at home with family and friends.
The Chemotherapy & Infusion Center on the Hudson campus offers:
- Prevention services and risk screenings
- Medical oncology and hematology
- Chemotherapy (also called intravenous or IV therapy)
- Radiation therapy at Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin
- Palliative care/pain management
- Hospice care
- Breast health services
- Support services: healing touch, social work health psychology, nutrition counseling, physical therapy, support groups and other educational classes and techniques.
“As a physician, I don’t brush fear aside. But I help people acknowledge they can do things to be as healthy as they can be to reduce the risk of cancer,” says Gretchen Ibele, MD, oncologist, Hudson Hospital Chemotherapy & Infusion Center.
Here are a few key ways to protect yourself against some cancers:
- Don’t smoke – it affects more than just the lungs, like the bladder, head, neck, kidneys and other areas
- Watch what you eat – aim for a diet low in animal fat
- Stay fit – physical activity is effective in decreasing the risk of breast and colon cancers
- Avoid the sun at mid-day if possible. If not, wear sunscreen, a hat or protective clothing.
Pediatric Chemotherapy & Infusion Center
The Pediatric Chemotherapy & Infusion Center is also located on the Hudson campus. Care is provided by a consistent team of hematology/oncology specialists and trained nurses and pediatricians. The clinic has also partnered with Hudson Physicians Pediatricians to provide seamless care at the Hudson campus. Along with trained nurses and pediatricians, pediatric cancer patients and those with blood disorders are cared for by Yoav Messinger, MD, hematologist/oncologist, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Services available at the Pediatric Chemotherapy and Infusion Center at Hudson Hospital & Clinic include:
- consultation with subspecialist, Yoav Messinger, MD
- treatment per Children’s Hospital and Clinics protocols
- administration of select chemotherapy and blood products
- monitoring for side effects and complications from chemotherapy; lab and radiology services as needed.
All care is directed by Children’s providers using Children’s protocols. While Dr. Messinger will provide consults for blood disorders at Hudson, all new cancer patients will continue to be seen by Children’s cancer and blood disorder physicians in Minneapolis.
The Chemotherapy & Infusion Center and the Pediatric Chemotherapy & Infusion Center have treated hundreds of patients offering comfort and care in a healing environment – close to home at Hudson.