Our Services

Hematology & Oncology

Our St. Joseph Health Medical Group Oncology/Hematology department in Humboldt provides patients with the diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases and cancer. Our comprehensive services have been created to help ensure patients receive the physical, mental and spiritual support needed to help cope with the challenges of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Board-certified Oncologists/Hematologists work with St. Joseph Hospital’s Cancer Program, which has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, to offer the best in cancer care and treatment. From imaging to surgery to treatment, our comprehensive program is able to offer patients high-quality cancer care right here in our community.

A Team Approach to Care

Our experts understand the importance of developing customized treatment plans that focus on the unique medical needs of each patient. Weekly conferences at St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka, and monthly conferences at Redwood Memorial Hospital allow our entire treatment team including surgeons, hematologists oncologists, pathologists, radiation hematologists oncologists and radiologists to review each case, discuss treatment options and contribute their expertise. These conferences ensure today's most successful concepts in cancer treatment are evaluated and applied.

Advanced Diagnostics & Treatment

Working as a team, our caring experts use the most advanced diagnostic tools and therapies available to treat cancer and to preserve healthy tissue:

Advanced Imaging & Diagnostics

Ultrasound
Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, is a noninvasive way of taking pictures inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound is safe and painless, showing internal organs and blood vessels in real time; this helps your doctor to diagnose and treat medical conditions.

CT Scan (64-slice Computed Tomography)
A CT Scan is a combination of X-rays taken at different angles, allowing for more detailed cross-section views of internal tissues, bones and blood vessels. These high-resolution images can help doctors find small defects, like tumors, that are not picked up by a plain X-ray.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to take pictures inside the body. Often, an MRI can provide information about structures and conditions that can’t be seen using X-ray, ultrasound or CT scans.

PET/CT (all-in-one full body scan)
Positron emission tomography, or a PET scan, is a form of imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat organs and tissues. By pinpointing changes at the cellular level, PET scans can detect cancers, heart disease and other abnormalities before they show up on other tests.

Mammography
Mammography is the most common type of breast imaging currently in use. A mammogram test is a critical part of early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
A stereotactic breast biopsy is a procedure where your doctor will remove a small piece of tissue that looks abnormal, such as a suspicious mass or structural distortions, on a patient’s mammogram or ultrasound.

State-of-the-Art Treatments

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy refers to the use of medications and drugs to treat cancer. Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which multiply quickly. Chemotherapy may cause side effects as a result of damage to healthy cells.*

*In addition to chemotherapy we also offer targeted therapies and immunotherapies.

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine refers to the branch of medical imaging that utilizes radioactive substances to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including cancers, heart disease and endocrine disorders. These radioactive materials can be injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed, and have proven valuable in identifying disease in its earliest stages.

Linear Accelerator
A linear accelerator is the device most commonly used for external cancer radiation treatments. The linear accelerator actually customizes high-energy X-rays to conform to the shape of a patient's tumor, which helps to minimize exposure to surrounding tissues.

IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
With IMRT, an advanced mode of radiotherapy, computer-controlled linear accelerators are modulated to more precisely deliver specific radiation doses to a tumor. IMRT utilizes CT and MRI imagery to conform more exactly to the 3-D shape of the tumor, while avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure to healthy tissues.

Vascular Interventional Procedures
Vascular interventional procedures, or interventional radiology (IR), is a sub-specialty of radiology that offers image-guided procedures which are least-invasive, as well as non-invasive diagnostic imaging. These procedures entail less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery and other invasive procedures.

Prostate Seed Implant
A prostate seed implant, or prostate brachytherapy, is a form of radiation treatment for prostate cancer that involves placement of a radioactive “seed” in the patient. Many prefer this targeted option over conventional recurring radiation treatments, and it has been found to be very effective.

Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy that seeks to treat certain cancers in a targeted way, while also reducing side effects. In this procedure, radioactive “seeds” are placed in the body at or near the tumor itself, giving it a high dose of radiation while reducing exposure in surrounding healthy tissues.

High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
High dose rate brachytherapy refers to a procedure where catheters are used to implant radioactive pellets directly into a tumor, offering a more intensive, faster form treatment for certain cancers.

Lymphedema Treatment
When lymph nodes are removed or damaged as a result of cancer treatment, lymphedema (swelling of arms or legs) can occur. While lymphedema is incurable, it can be managed with early diagnosis and lymphedema treatment, guided by your doctor.

Physical Rehabilitation
St. Joseph Health Medical Group offers physical rehabilitation, which is a very important part of your cancer follow-up and maintenance plan. Your doctor will work with you to assess the types and frequency of rehab that will ensure the best possible post-procedure physical mobility and function.

Outpatient Laboratory
Our laboratories play a crucial role in our delivery of quality patient care. The outpatient laboratories operated by St. Joseph Health Medical Group can process many of the medical tests ordered by your doctor on-site, so you and your doctor can get the results quickly and make decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment.

Support Services

Support Services & Information

  • American Cancer Society
  • Case Management
  • Cancer Care Program
  • Cancer Registry
  • Community Resource Centers
  • Evergreen Lodge
  • Kris Kelly Health Information Center
  • Palliative Care
  • Spiritual Health Services
  • St. Joseph Home Care
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology Information - Patient Education
  • Hospice of Humboldt
  • I CAN COPE Support Group

Patient Education

A diagnosis of cancer can leave you with a multitude of questions about your condition and treatment options. For additional resources and information, we recommend these websites:

See additional resources and support groups in Humboldt County here.

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Hematology & Oncology

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Paul C. Coty MD (707) 267-2060
Hematology-Oncology (Board Certified)
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2710 Dolbeer St.
Eureka, CA 95501
Debra Garley MD (707) 267-2060
Internal Medicine (Board Certified)
Pathology (Board Certified)
Hematology-Oncology (Board Certified)
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St. Joseph Health Medical Group
2710 Dolbeer St
Eureka, CA 95501
Sushma Pant MD (707) 267-2060
Hematology
Oncology - Medical
Hematology-Oncology
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St. Joseph Health Medical Group
2710 Dolbeer St.
Eureka, CA 95501
Elie M. Richa MD, MBA (707) 267-2060
Hematology-Oncology

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St. Joseph Health Medical Group
2710 Dolbeer St.
Eureka, CA 95501