June 24, 2011
Jasper County Hospital is the first Oncology unit in the state of Indiana under the direction of Laurence Bates, MD, to utilize two new promising drugs, Folotyn and Romidepsin, in the treatment of cancer. Both drugs are FDA approved for the treatment of T-cell lymphoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. Because it is so rare, finding patients who qualify for this treatment regimen is also rare. A patient at Dr. Bates' Jasper County Hospital clinic who was a perfect candidate for the treatments led to the Oncology nurses at the Hospital researching the treatments and developing policies and protocols for their use. Promising results were noted with the use of Folotyn, but after a relapse in the patient Romidepsin was used. Thus far, good results have been achieved with this treatment.
Dr. Bates consults at 6 oncology clinics in Indiana. He has been caring for patients at Jasper County Hospital for over 20 years. In 2010, he cared for 107 new patients, and conducted 757 return visits. Williams noted that Dr. Bates has a heart for rural oncology clinics. According to Dr. Bates, "Patients, with rare exceptions, can receive the same care and quality of care in a rural oncology clinic as they can in a large city or a large cancer center." He noted that one exception is radiation therapy which is not available at Jasper County Hospital.
For more information about the innovative cancer treatments available at Jasper County Hospital, please contact the Oncology Department at (219) 866-5141, extension 2098.
To find out more information about Jasper County Hospital call (219) 866-5141, extension 2130.