Medical oncology is the use of special medications (chemotherapy and biotherapy) to treat cancer cells. There are many types of chemotherapy and biotherapy medications. Individual treatments are designed for patients depending on the specific needs of the patient – for example the disease stage and the patients overall health. Chemotherapy can be taken orally or intravenously. Most patients receive chemotherapy intravenously. Treatments can range in time from 30 minutes to 6 hours. It all depends on the diagnosis and the treatment the patient is receiving.
The Infusion Center at PeaceHealth Lower Columbia Cancer Center provides a wide range of outpatient infusional and injection services to the patients of the cancer center and as well as those patients within the community needing non–cancer related services.
Our primary services include chemotherapy administration. Chemotherapy is the use of medications to effectively treat a variety of cancers. The treatments can consist of one drug or a combination of drugs that work together. Chemotherapy can be used in combination with surgery and radiation.
Chemotherapy can be administered in a pill form and taken by mouth, injected into a muscle or given through a vein. Once in the blood, anti-cancer drugs are carried through out the body to reach as many cancer cells as possible. For this reason, it is called systemic treatment.
Other services that we provide include a variety of injections, blood transfusions, hydration, and antibiotics. The length and frequency of stay for a patient can be 15 minutes to eight hours depending on type of treatment they are receiving.
Our infusion center is staffed with knowledgeable and experienced Registered Nurses who take great pride in the work and the care they provide. The nurses are also nationally certified to administer chemotherapy.
Our center is open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday and Saturday, by appointment only.