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Programs and services

  • Cancer care services

    We understand there's no one like you. No matter where you are in your cancer journey, we offer what you need each step of the way. By blending skill and experience with compassion, our physicians and staff provide outstanding care through the following services:

    Acupuncture: Acupuncture is part of an ancient medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. An acupuncturist, a person who has special training, gently inserts fine, sterile acupuncture needles through your skin to help promote health and treat illness or pain. Acupuncture is a Penny George Institute for Health and Healing service offered at some Virginia Piper Cancer Institute locations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 651-241-8300.

    Inpatient oncology unit: Hospitalized patients receive highly skilled, sensitive care from a team of oncology caregivers that includes nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians and chaplains. Family members and loved ones are also recognized and included as a vital part of each patient's support system. 

    Outpatient oncology services: The services of the United Hospital Infusion Center include infusions, transfusions, chemotherapy and bone marrow biopsies for patients on an outpatient basis.

    Nutrition: Registered dietitians provide all oncology patients with services such as nutritional assessments, high-risk nutrition monitoring and expert advice on diet supplementation.

    Pastoral care: The experienced, sensitive  pastoral care staff visits with patients on the oncology unit to help them use their spiritual resources to cope with cancer. The staff also provides spiritual ministry to family members and can coordinate referrals to the patient's own clergy.

    Pharmacy: The highly skilled pharmacy staff provides their expertise to patients and staff in the areas of medication information, the use, handling, research and monitoring of medications and the use of specialized chemotherapy infusion pumps.

    Psychological and social services:Psychologists are available to help patients deal with the impact of their condition on their personal, family and work lives. Social Service staff members are actively involved in evaluating patient needs and providing appropriate assistance in areas including financial services, emotional support, home care, discharge planning and transition to home and community.

    Home health care: Many health care services are now available at home. Depending upon individual needs, home health services can include skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, nutrition support and social services.

    Hospice care: Hospice staff cares for the needs of terminally ill people and their family members in the comfort and familiarity of their home. Individuals receive compassionate care that addresses their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. If necessary, hospice can arrange for hospital care as well.

  • Cancer care treatments

    At United Hospital, our staff stays current with the newest advances in cancer care. While we use the latest technology and treatments to battle cancer, we never forget we're treating a person, not just a disease.

    To address the wide variety of cancer treatment needs, we offer the following:

    • The Breast Center - Women with any breast-related issues can obtain screening, assessment and diagnostic services at The Breast Center. A team of physicians, nurses and specialized staff work with each woman to coordinate her care. A variety of informational and support resources are available including an extensive lending library, support groups, clinical trials and access to genetic counseling.
    • Radiation Therapy Center - Using state-of-the-art radiotherapy services, the Radiation Therapy Center provides a full range of cancer treatment options. These advanced radiation therapy techniques ensure on-site treatment for nearly all types of tumors.
    • Peripheral stem cell transplant program - Part of a nationwide network of cancer treatment programs, the peripheral stem cell transplant program provides advanced cancer treatments to patients on a closely monitored outpatient basis. Treatments include high-dose chemotherapy and peripheral blood stem cell rescue.
    • Neuro-oncology services at John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute - These diagnostic, treatment, research and teaching services are for adult and pediatric patients with central nervous system tumors. The staff provides coordinated, patient-centered care using a multidisciplinary team approach and latest technology.