Chemotherapy starts Feb. 18 at Baptist Health La Grange
After an absence of several years, cancer patients in the La Grange area will once again have the option of receiving their chemotherapy close to home.
Baptist Health La Grange and the CBC Group: Consulting in Blood Disorders, will open a six-chair chemotherapy treatment area on the second floor of the Physician Office Building.
This is the second outpatient chemo treatment area for the practice, which is part of Baptist Medical Associates. Treatment is also offered on the 3Park cancer care unit at Baptist Health Louisville campus.
"We designed the La Grange infusion services so that patients can receive almost all treatment regimens our practice currently provides in St. Matthews," said Oncologist John Huber, MD. "The hospital build and full-equipped a clean room within its pharmacy, and we've trained the La Grange pharmacists and technicians at CBC. The treatments will be administered by the CBC's nurses."
The project included installing a required air handling unit for the Pharmacy where the chemo drugs are mixed.
"We are pleased to offer this convenient service to local cancer patients so they can minimize their travel time for treatments." said Chris Roty, Baptist Health La Grange president. "Convenience is very important as many of these patients and their caregivers travel for treatment several times a week for a month or more."
Nearly 100 patients a year already see an oncologist at the La Grange office of CBC Group. That office opened in 2011.
A recent community health assessment target additional chemotherapy services as a need. The incidence of cancer in Kentucky is high - and the rate for Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties is higher than that of the state.