Infusion/Chemotherapy


Whether your physician practices on island or off, you can get infusion services at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center.
 
Call 360-378-1738 to discuss your needs. Shannon Harris, RN, will make necessary arrangements with your physician, so you may receive infusion services conveniently on San Juan Island.
 
Chemotherapy​ 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. 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
  • Antibiotics
  • Blood transfusions
  • IV hydration
  • IV medication (e.g. Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Care of central lines ​
Medical Oncologists develop an invidualized 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

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: