|The Cancer Care & Infusion Center serves as a focal point for cancer care, where patient services are available in one convenient and comfortable location. We use intravenous infusions and injections to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and others.
Healing Happens Here
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
The clinic has space for our medical oncologists, P.J. Flynn, MD, of Minnesota Oncology, and Robert Dalton, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, to consult with patients on site, and nurse substations close to the treatment rooms.
New to the clinic is the position of “care navigator.” This registered nurse coordinates the patient’s journey through the network of care, offering support, direction and follow-up.
Director Tami O’Brien, RN, NP
Tami O’Brien is the director of the Cancer Care & Infusion Center. Oncology is her passion. She has worked in the field for 20 years as a certified oncology nurse, first at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and then at Andreas Cancer Center in Mankato. She recently completed a nurse practitioner program.
“This clinic space adds an important dimension to the cancer care and infusion services provided at Northfield Hospital,” she says. “It allows for a smoother flow and more comfort for our patients.”
Radiation Therapy Available in Northfield
Radiation oncologists from the Mayo Clinic treat cancer patients in Northfield at the Mayo Clinic Radiation Therapy Center across the street from the hospital. The $10 million, world-class facility mirrors the technology and capability of the radiation oncology department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. It includes a state-of-the-art linear accelerator that delivers the external beam radiation that is used in 90 percent of radiation oncology cases. It is commonly used to treat lung cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer.
The presence of this service in Northfield is a great convenience to patients who live in Northfield and surrounding communities. Radiation treatment requires multiple visits that can extend over several weeks. The logistics can be exhausting for patients and their families who are already under a great deal of stress.
Tim McKone, MD, a radiation oncologist, leads a staff of 12 at the therapy facility. They treat 200 patients a year and see 20 to 30 patients each day.