SERVICES ONCOLOGY CENTER
In 1998, an outpatient clinic was founded at Hospital Santa Catarina of Blumenau, for patients receiving chemotherapy. In the middle of 2007, the service had its name changed to Oncology Center, and in the beginning of 2011, after renovations to expand the clinic were made, the name was changed to Onco HSC. Onco HSC has a great infrastructure: reception, doctors’ offices, procedures rooms, treatment armchairs, satellite pharmacy, facilities for the preparation of antineoplastics, and a nursing station. All this is intended to make a difference, and provide you a better service!
Onco HSC has all the infrastructure of HSC Blumenau available to provide better patient care, e.g. ICUs, a 24-hour Urgent Care Center, a Diagnostic Imaging Center (Bluimagem), a Clinical Laboratory, a Surgical Center, a Blood Transfusion Clinic, and a Food and Nutrition Department. Onco HSC also has hospitalists who provide care in the clinical units of HSC Blumenau.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Cancer, also known as malignant tumor or neoplasm, is developed by cells in your own body that undergo changes in the genetic material, and have a disordered growth and multiplication pattern. These cells do not respond to the body’s control mechanisms. They may develop locally, or they may also have the ability of migrating, and develop in organs/tissues away from the place of origin (metastasis).
What are the causes of cancer?
There are several factors, internal and external, which may lead to cancer. Some external factors are: chemical substances, exposure to radiation, and viruses. Some internal factors are: hormones, immunological conditions, and genetic alterations. These causal factors may act alone, together or in sequence to begin the development of cancer.
What is chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy consists of a systemic treatment that uses drugs (alone or combined) aimed at fighting tumor cells. However, these drugs also affect some of the normal cells of the body; that’s why there are side effects. Chemotherapy may be administered in different ways. The most common ones are oral, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intravenous, intrathecal, intravesical, and transdermal. Chemotherapy may also be used in conjunction with radiation therapy and/or surgery.
How long does each chemotherapy treatment last?
Chemotherapy treatment is planned according to the kind of cancer, varying from person to person. It can be delivered on an inpatient or outpatient basis. The treatment may be given daily, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.
• Dra. Denise Lopes Ferreira Machado – Clinical Oncologist
• Dr. Delson Morilo Langaro – Hematologist
• Dr. Alysson Rafael Fabris – Hematologist
• Dra. Marcela Barros e Sousa – Pediatric hematologist/oncologist
Onco HSC is mainly focused on cancer prevention, diagnoses and treatments, as well as special care, which we customize according to the needs of each patient. The Palliative Care Commission works with patients and families providing them with support and specific care, and it always aims at a better quality of life for the patient, even if the treatment no longer provides a cure.