Inpatient Units

Learn about Baptist Memphis' medical oncology, surgical oncology, and myelosuppression units where expert staff provide patients with specialized cancer care services.

Medical Oncology Unit

Medical oncology nurses play a pivotal role in the quality of life for cancer patients throughout the treatment process. The nurses in the medical oncology unit are specially trained in several areas, from delivering advanced treatments to pain management, nutritional needs, symptom management and cancer-related emergencies.

The unit treats patients with all types of cancer, including lung, breast, uterine, ovarian, cervical, liver, pancreas, multiple myeloma, melanoma, leukemia and solid tumors. The nursing team is responsible for administering chemotherapy to patients throughout the hospital.

Patient and family education is an important part of the nurses’ daily routines. Nurses teach a variety of subjects that include nutrition, skin care, mouth care, signs and symptoms of infections, how to talk to your doctor, available treatments and many others. They often assist patients and families in finding information from the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and on the Internet. The nursing staff also serves as a resource for other patient care areas related to cancer and its treatment, chemotherapy and devices used to administer chemotherapy.

Medical oncology nurses also help patients and their families cope with their disease. The team works closely with social workers, case managers, dietitians and chaplains to meet patients’ needs.

Surgical Oncology Unit

The surgical oncology unit is one of the newest parts of Baptist Memphis’ cancer services. A number of oncology surgeons expressed the need for a specific unit to meet the special problems patients face after cancer surgery. The surgical oncology unit meets this challenge every day. The nurses are all specially trained in providing cancer care including chemotherapy medications, disease process teaching, emotional support and postoperative assessment and care.

For patients, the postoperative period is an uncertain, sometimes frightening time especially if they are facing body image changes or a brand-new cancer diagnosis. The nurses provide for patients’ quickly changing health status and assist patients and families in adjusting to that phase of the disease.

A treatment room is available for special procedures that a physician would have a difficult time completing in patients’ rooms. It is also more convenient than scheduling the test in another department. A nourishment room is located on the unit for visitors and family members. Beverages and snacks are supplied in the room, and it also has space where families can keep food brought from home.

Myelosuppression Unit

The myelosuppression unit is a specialized oncology unit for high-risk patients, especially those patients who are undergoing high-dose chemotherapy for leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma. Many stem cell transplant patients also stay there after their procedures.

Many features of the myelosuppression unit protect patients from infection. Each room has positive pressure airflow to help ensure no bacteria from the hallway enter the patient room. Five sinks in the halls have electronic controls to prevent the spread of bacteria associated with handling the water controls. Specialized diets including bottled water help prevent patients from ingesting bacteria. Rules about handwashing, visitation, mouth care and ongoing care are strictly enforced for the patients’ protection.

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Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

6019 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tenn. 38120



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