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Cancer Program

Our Cancer Program has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering the very best in cancer care and treatment. St. Joseph & Redwood Memorial Hospitals and St. Joseph Home Care, together with our community partners, form a comprehensive team offering care, support and information for cancer patients and their families. Our mission is to reduce morbidity and mortality from cancer. And since the program’s inception in 1992, we have carried out this mission by continuing to grow to meet the needs of our communities.

For more information, call (707) 269-4242 or (800) 477-1922.

Distinctive Accreditations

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) surveys hospitals and cancer treatment centers nationwide and approves only those that meet its strict criteria for staffing, services and education. St. Joseph Hospital – Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital have received a three-year approval with commendation by the ACS so you can rest assured you are receiving the highest quality care.

Reports to the Community:

Colon Cancer Annual Report 2012: St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County

Colon Cancer Survival Graphs 2012: St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County

Breast Cancer Annual Report 2011: St. Joseph Hospital

Lung Cancer Annual Report 2011: St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County

St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals to become certified by the STAR Program® in Oncology Rehabilitation

St. Joseph Health is committed to bringing you the highest level of survivorship services.

In recent years, there has been much talk about creating survivorship as a distinct phase of cancer care and providing each patient with a survivorship care plan. At St. Joseph Health, we are committed to offering the best available survivorship services. This is why we are implementing the STAR Program® that includes training our staff in the latest oncology rehab care and implementing research based protocols that have been proven to help cancer survivors optimally heal and function.

Click here for more information.

Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment Services

  • Brachytherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • CT Scan (64-slice Computed Tomography)
  • High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
  • IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
  • Linear Accelerator
  • Lymphedema Treatment
  • Mammography
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • PET (Positron Emission Tomography)
  • PET/CT (all-in-one full body scan)
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Prostate Seed Implant
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
  • Ultrasound
  • Vascular Interventional Procedures

Support Services & Information

American Cancer Society Information Services:
Call 1-800-227-2345 to speak with highly trained cancer specialists available 24/7 to provide information on free services offered by the American Cancer Society, including help with lodging and transportation, support groups, up to date cancer specific information, and clinical trials matching service. Visit the American Cancer Society website for up-to-date cancer information, daily news updates and interactive tools to help make treatment decisions.

The American Cancer Society also provides a free and confidential clinical trials matching service to people looking for cancer clinical trials. This service helps patients find clinical trials most appropriate for them and helps researchers recruit eligible participants needed to develop more effective treatment"

Our Team of Expert Professionals in Oncology


Jeffrey Allen, MD
Hematologist/Oncologist

Michael Fratkin, MD
Palliative Medicine

Michael Harmon, MD
Radiation Oncologist

Uma Suryadevara, MD
Hematologist/Oncologist

Join Luh, MD
Radiation Oncologist

Ellen Mahoney, MD
Cancer Care Program
Medical Director

Chemotherapy Services staff

Cancer Surgery

The most esoteric tumors can be removed right here at St. Joseph Hospital. Surgical treatment of prostate and colon cancer is routinely provided. Especially noteworthy is our commitment to conserving breast tissue by minimizing surgery; whereas 75 percent of breast cancer patients nationwide are given a full mastectomy, here at St. Joseph Hospital that same percentage, 75 percent, received instead the far less disfiguring lumpectomy; a remarkable accomplishment for a community hospital!

St. Joseph Home Care Humboldt County

St. Joseph Home Care Humboldt County provides nursing, home health aides, physical, occupational, speech therapies and social work services to patients in their own homes.

Eureka (707) 443-9332

Humboldt Home Infusion Program - provides infusion therapy for patients in their own homes. Provides chemotherapy and pain control, utilizing the pharmacies of the hospitals and the nurses from St. Joseph Home Care. (707) 269-4258

Infusion Suite – provides outpatient chemotherapy services at St. Joseph Hospital. (707) 445-8121 ext. 6340

Outpatient Laboratory Services - provides necessary lab work for oncology patients.
(707) 441-4420

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