Patient comfort and well-being are of primary focus and importance.
For treatment that goes beyond just medicine, come to the only cancer treatment center within a 100-mile radius. We are the region's only accredited community cancer center.
St. Joseph Regional Cancer Center offers access to comprehensive cancer treatments provided by a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists. In addition to professional collaboration, we have access to the latest innovative treatments and state-of-the-art equipment. Our comprehensive cancer program includes medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology. We offer coordination with other centers for clinical trials. We serve patients from North Central Idaho, Southeast Washington, and Northeast Oregon.
Cancer support services
St. Joseph Regional Cancer Center is a leader in the region for treatment of oncology and hematology patients. A multidisciplinary team approach helps to ensure the patient and family understand the treatment process.
Our Oncology/ Hematology services provide Satellite Programs.
The radiation oncology treatment team includes a physician, medical physicist, a dosimetrist, radiation therapists (all board-certified in radiation oncology) and an oncology nurse. There are generally three treatment methods for cancer: surgery, chemotherapy, and external or internal radiation therapy; all available at SJRMC. Often a combination of these treatments is used to fight cancer and its effects.
St. Joseph offers both external and internal radiation therapies. External therapy uses a linear accelerator to direct high-energy rays to cancer and the surrounding diseased tissue. Internal radiation implants use radioactive materials with a very short half-life to deliver radiation to the cancer/tumor. Implants may be "needles" placed next to the tumor or "seeds" injected directly into the tumor. Internal radiation is also known as brachytherapy. This technique uses computer mapping and a treatment-planning computer to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
- Two linear accelerators to provide radiation treatment.
- Computerized tomography scanner, simulator, and 3-D treatment planning.
- External beam irradiation, including electron boots for breast cancer lesions and superficial radiation therapy for skin cancer.
- Radioactive seed implants for prostate cancer.
- IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) delivers higher radiation doses directly to cancer cells while sparing more of the surrounding healthy tissues.
- Portal imaging to provide instant digital images for treatment verification.
- PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography) is used in combination with CT to evaluate and stage cancer.
Prostate Seed Implants
Prostate seed implants are now available through the Radiation Oncology Center. The process involves embedding 80 to 100 low energy I-25 radioactive "seeds" into the prostate. A radiation physicist and dosimetrist use result from an ultrasound study to determine the number and exact placement of the seeds. A radiation oncologist inserts preloaded implant needles into the prostate to embed the seeds. A computed tomography (CT) scan verifies the location of the seeds in the prostate. The actual implant procedure is performed in one of the operating suites at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
To learn more about Radiation Oncology, click below:
prevention & screening programs
Community outreach has always been a high priority for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and our Cancer Program. Through community collaboration, partnerships, sponsorships and hospital-sponsored activities, St. Joseph and the cancer program support the overall outreach goals and activities of the hospital, while also developing its own program to improve the health of our community regarding cancer and cancer care.
Clinical trials are medical research studies that rely on human volunteers. These studies determine if a new treatment—such as an experimental drug to control high blood pressure—is safe and effective. They may also be used to test new uses for existing treatments.
The registry collects demographic, diagnostic, treatment and survival information on every patient diagnosed treated at St. Joseph Regional Cancer Center. This information can provide valuable data for clinical studies and educational functions. It also provides a resource for evaluation of treatment approaches and outcomes.
patient care team
Total patient care is the goal of our entire healthcare team. The team's emphasis is on health education, emotional support, problem-solving and goal-setting with patients and their families as active participants in treatment planning.
The Oncology Team Includes:
Physicians and Mid-Level Providers
Gerardo Midence, MD
& Palliative Medicine
Clinton Morgan, MD
Kent Anderson, MD
Michele Dickison, MSN
NP-C, Medical Oncology,
Edward Middleman, MD
Sushuma Pant, MD
Deepika Wali, MD
Chemotherapy- and Biotherapy-Trained Registered Nurses
Oncology nurses are on the front lines of chemotherapy delivery, providing education, side-effects management, and emotional support to patients and their families.
Ensures the correct radiation treatment is given by calibrating the machines and calculating doses.
Specializes in the operation of radiation equipment and calculations of dosing in cooperation with physicist and oncologist.
Operate the radiation therapy machine during treatments.
Provides education about cancer issues; counsel and emotional support; referrals to community resources; and support services, assistance with financial applications, medical forms, and Advance Directives.
Provides education regarding nutritional issues and helps identify diets that might maintain strength, improve tolerance to treatments and decrease adverse side effects of treatments.
On-site pharmacy staff prepares chemotherapy and treatment-related medications.
Helps access financial assistance programs for those who meet financial eligibility criteria.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Click the links below for more information about Cancer and Cancer Care:
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
The region’s only cancer program, including the St. Joseph Cancer Center & Blood Institute and Radiation Oncology, is proud to become a network member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. This membership will expand our clinical care network and increase access to specialty cancer care options.
Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient-centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Women's Choice Award- Cancer Care
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is a proud receiver of the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care. This evidence-based designation is the only cancer care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.
Cancer Survivor Story: Mosman
Cancer Survivor Story: Delilah
Radiation Oncology Center
504 Sixth St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
Cancer Center & Blood Institute
1250 Idaho Street
Lewiston, ID 83501