The Oncology Department at the hospital is an outpatient clinic which is open five days a week to serve patients and their families who are experiencing cancer.
The staff consists of board certified medical oncologist/hematologists and certified oncology nurses including a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist. Together, they offer a team approach to caring for cancer patients.
The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Oncology Department is now affiliated with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, strengthening an already excellent program for BMH cancer patients.
Information about our oncologists Letha E. Mills, MD and James M. Nickerson, MD, is available by linking to our Find A Doctor section. You may also click on Agnes Mikijaniec, NP, for information on the nurse practitioner. Barbara Evans, RN, Barbara Philbrick, RN, and Gloria Solar, RN, all three are certified oncology nurses, round out the BMH Oncology Department.
The oncology team works on behalf of the patient and family in conjunction with their primary care physician, the Visiting Nurse Alliance, Brattleboro Area Hospice, and complementary care providers. Although radiation therapy equipment is not available at BMH, we work collaboratively with the Kingsbury Center for Cancer Care in Keene, New Hampshire.
Cancer patients are offered pain and symptom management expertise, in addition to the administration of chemotherapy and other methods of treatment. The BMH surgical staff can implant chemotherapy ports. The oncology staff can provide routine port care. The oncology team also provides ongoing education and emotional support for both patients and their families. Other services include administration of blood products and medications which help increase blood counts. Clinical trials are also available.
Cancer support groups meet at the hospital monthly. For further information about the professional and caring cancer services here at BMH, please call the Oncology Department at 802-257-8221.