Infusion/Chemotherapy (Medical Oncology)
is the use of powerful drugs to kill cancer cells. These drugs enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, killing cancer cells in the tumor but also targeting cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body.
Not every patient will require chemotherapy treatment. Patients that do require chemotherapy treatment will meet with one of our board-certified Medical Oncologists. These doctors are experts in the use of chemotherapy and use their knowledge to determine which medications will be most effective in treating specific cancers.
A team of professional caregivers supports these highly trained physicians. Volunteers assist the staff in delivering compassionate care during difficult cancer treatment. Patients receive care from specialized, caring staff in a comfortable outpatient environment, including:
- Chemotherapy and biotherapy administration by specialty certified registered nurses (RNs)
- Oral chemotherapy management
- Expert symptom management and supportive care
- Care of central lines
- Individualized treatment planning and education
- Volunteers are present to greet and support chemotherapy patients
Medical Oncologists develop a plan of care for chemotherapy patients that identifies how long the patient will be treated, how they will receive the treatments (by mouth, injection or other means) and how often they’ll be treated. They’ll also discuss the benefits of the outlined treatment and potential risks or side effects.
Side effects vary from patient to patient and are influenced by the types of chemotherapy used. Our Medical Oncologists and trained nurses will help you manage pain. Some of the most common side effects include: