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Our Oncology Program offers:


State of the art equipment is available which allows our physicians to diagnose all forms of cancer. We can perform mammography, CT scans, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and other diagnostic procedures. We also have up-to-date laboratory facilities for needed diagnostic testing.


Medical TreatmentDr. Bates and Team

The Franciscan Health Oncology Program offers you the opportunity of receiving chemotherapy treatments locally even though the physician you may be seeing is located elsewhere. Our specially trained oncology nurses will be able to administer your medication as prescribed by your physician. The oncologist (cancer specialist) works with you in cooperation with your personal physician to develop the treatment schedule that's effective for you. Our oncologist is from Indianapolis and is associated with the American Health Network. The oncologist and staff form a team to help you overcome your disease.


Patient Education

Every day there is new information obtained about cancer. Our association with the American Health Network allows us to stay informed about cancer and treatment options and share the information with you. Numerous booklets and pamphlets dealing with the various aspects of cancer are available to you. We will also teach you about your medication, including its purpose and any side effects.


Dietary/Nutritional Counseling

A well-balanced, healthy diet is an essential weapon in the fight against cancer. It provides the energy and materials the body needs in order to grow strong, healthy tissue. Our staff dietician, Jay Covill R.D., will be available to you for dietary counseling.


Social Services

Assistance is available to help you if there are financial concerns or other personal needs. A number of agencies in the community can help. The Hospital Social Services Coordinator, Mary Alson, can put you in touch with these agencies.


Home Health Care & Hospice

Professional services are available which may allow individuals the chance to remain at home.


Cancer Support Group

The Cancer Support Group meets monthly to offer support and encouragement to cancer patients, families and friends. Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm C.S.T. in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 at Franciscan Health Rensselaer . The meetings offer an informal opportunity to share experiences and benefit from the encouragement of others. For more information about these meetings, contact the Oncology Department at (219) 866-5141, extension 2098. You can also follow this link for valuable information and support from the American Cancer Society's home page.






Related Links

Home Health Care

American Cancer Society


The Seven Warning Signs of Cancer:

  • Change in bowel or bladder habits

  • A sore that does not heal

  • Unusual bleeding or discharge

  • Thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere

  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing

  • Obvious change in wart or mole

  • Nagging cough or hoarseness


Departments & Services


Athletic Training

Cardiac Rehabilitation



Home Health Care


Intensive Care Unit


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Sleep Lab

Water Testing




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