Two years of chemo treatment in Cornwall

The entrance to the fifth floor chemotherapy unit at the Cornwall Community Hospital. Officials cut the ribbon Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 on the new unit, which will treat 250 patients a year. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Two years after it opened, Cornwall hospital officials are sharing some statistics on the success of its chemotherapy unit.

It was February 2016 when dignitaries and health care stakeholders opened the cancer care unit on the fifth floor of the Cornwall Community Hospital.

Statistics shared this week show 1,494 treatments have been administered since that time – about 14 treatments a week.

It started with treatments for urinary tract and lung cancers and has now expanded its treatment to seven other areas, including breast cancer.

Hospital CEO Jeanette Despatie says the unit also has a “real impact” on the quality of life for patients and their families, due to less travel and the associated costs of heading outside of SD&G for treatment.

“We are proud to deliver on such an impactful commitment,” she said.

The Cornwall hospital is partnered with the Ottawa Cancer Center and its all overseen by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO).

In May 2017, the hospital began participating in a “home chemo” program, where patients have the chemotherapy initiated at the hospital and continued at home.