Cancer treatment to become available in Crescent City
About a year-and-a-half after he began working at Sutter Coast Hospital, oncologist Dr. Richard Adrouny will soon offer chemotherapy treatments at the hospital’s new infusion center.
The hospital has offered chemotherapy since October 2016, Adrouny said, but offering the treatment in a dedicated environment will make patients more comfortable.
“It’s not so much that it’s a new service,” he said. “It’s absolutely true that the availability of infusion services here in Crescent City has made a big impact in terms of the lives of people we’re treating (because of) the fact that they, for the most part, are not having to travel out of town to get these infusion services.”
The infusion center will offer blood and rheumatology infusions in addition to oncologic services, said Ellie Popadic, the hospital’s director of Ancillary Services and Business Development. The hospital cut the ribbon on its new infusion center at an open house Monday for the medical community and other dignitaries.
Sutter Coast Hospital is still waiting for the state to license its new infusion center before it can begin accepting patients, Popadic said. It will house nine infusion chairs, including one in a private room.
“It’s more of a bed that can also sit up like a chair,” Popadic said. “That’s important for some patients. They want to be able to lie down and rest and not be around others. But other patients, when having infusions, like to be around other patients in similar situations so they can talk and collaborate.”
Adrouny was one of four specialists the hospital brought to Crescent City in 2016. Since then, he’s provided in-patient consultations at the hospital as well as chemotherapy treatment to people in Del Norte and Curry counties who otherwise would have been transported to hospitals out of the area.
“It’s been very gratifying to be able to take care of people who perhaps in the past we wouldn’t be able to do,” he said.