Cancer Care


The staff of our Oncology and Outpatient Infusion Services Department provides quality and compassionate care to patients and families. We know that the diagnosis and treatment of cancer involve both the patient and his or her family. We are here to help each individual through the different stages.

Staffed by oncology-certified registered nurses with knowledge in the administration of chemotherapy, we treat each person as we would like our family members to be treated. Above all, we treat everyone with dignity and respect.


Oncology is the study of cancer. Hematology is the study of blood and blood forming organs.

Laurence Bates, MD, offers convenient hours in the Medical Specialty Center. Dr. Bates received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in hematology and oncology. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (765) 552-4585.

Chemotherapy Administration 

Chemotherapy involves using medication to treat and destroy cancer cells. The type of chemotherapy used is dependent upon the type and location of cancer. Each and every patient has an individualized treatment plan.

Chemotherapy can be administered in many ways, including:

  • Orally
  • By injection
  • Intravenously


  • Outpatient antibiotic injections and infusions administered on a short-term or long-term basis
  • We offer subcutaneous or intramuscular injections for kidney disease and pain management. 

Intravenous Infusions

  • Single Lumen PICC Line Placement: PICC (peripherally inserted central catheters)
    • PICC lines are placed in the clinic or can be placed on the inpatient unit for anyone who requires hospitalization
    • PICC lines can be used for chemotherapy and long-term infusions
    • Dressing changes and maintenance of the PICC line are also done in the clinic
  • Port/venous access device lab draws and maintenance: Lab draws and monthly port flushes can be done as an outpatient in the clinic
  • Osteoporosis infusions: Monthly, quarterly, and yearly infusions for osteoporosis are given
  • Infusions for the rheumatologists (Remicade, Orencia, Rituxan, Solumedrol) 
  • Intravenous iron infusions
  • Intravenous hydration

Oncology and Outpatient Infusion Services Department

Second floor in the Medical Specialty Center
St.Vincent Mercy Hospital
(765) 552-4585

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Someone is always on call for questions or concerns.

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