Chemotherapy & Infusion for Cancer Patients
If your cancer treatment plan includes chemotherapy infusion, you probably have many questions. Let us help answer them so you can feel comfortable during your visit to Firelands Regional Medical Center for your chemotherapy treatment.
A Common Cancer Treatment: What is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a drug most commonly known for treating cancer. It’s sometimes referred to as “chemo”. This drug can be used for treating prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and many other types. It works by entering the body and removing, killing or damaging cells in a certain area. The goal of chemotherapy is to cure, control, or reduce cancerous symptoms.
What is Infusion for Cancer Patients?
Chemotherapy infusion for cancer patients is usually done through an IV, which delivers the chemotherapy drugs directly into a vein. The IV is typically inserted into the hand or lower arm. Whether you receive the chemotherapy through a catheter, port or pump will depend on your specific type of cancer and your treatment plan.
- Catheters are soft, thin tubes that can remain in place during your treatments Ports are small, round discs placed under the skin. A Huber needle is typically attached to a port to supply the chemotherapy treatment.
- Pumps are used to control how fast and how much of the drug is delivered into your body. They will infuse your therapy in the outpatient center or, for certain treatments, can be worn at home for a few days.
How Long Will Infusion for Cancer Patients Last?
The length of your chemotherapy will depend on your specific cancer treatment plan. For some patients, each treatment session may only last thirty minutes or less. For others, it may last hours. Talk to your doctor about how long you can expect to undergo each session of chemotherapy.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Each infusion station features comfortable patient chairs and entertainment system, making it more enjoyable to pass the time while receiving treatment. Private infusion areas are available to patients who prefer them.
Patients are monitored from strategically located nursing stations. A specially trained staff of certified oncology nurses administers chemotherapy, blood transfusions, antibiotics and other IV medications ordered by the oncology physicians.
Patient Infusion Stations
Each infusion station features a relaxing reclinable chair for added comfort during therapy sessions, while heated blankets are supplied for those who chill easily. A privacy curtain is available should the patient or family wish for solitude. Patient beds are available for infusion recipients that require a quiet treatment area and more assistance.
Patients coming in with a group of family members have the option of using the family infusion room which has ample space and amenities to give the feel of home during their therapy.
Amenities to Pass the Time
Televisions, laptops with DVD players and free Wi-Fi are available for patient’s use during treatment. A puzzle table sits in the corner of the treatment room for patients and their family members to work on and enjoy the day together. A library of fiction books and magazines of all types are available to allow the mind to wander, along with crossword puzzles, word searches and Sudoku. Daily newspapers and even a deck of cards can be supplied upon request.
The One Call Does It All service through Firelands Regional Medical Center is also available to meet various patient needs.
Patients are served refreshments as requested and may order breakfast or lunch from the Firelands Café. The menu is vast and always pleasing.
Family members may venture over to the Firelands Café to enjoy a tasty meal while the patient continues with treatment or visit Java City for a tasty treat or beverage.
A vending area is also available for patients and family members should they desire a quick snack.
Patients and family members are asked to attend our Chemotherapy Class prior to beginning therapy to learn more about treatment:
Educational videos are also available during treatment via the Firelands Regional Medical Center channel on all of our televisions.