We know that many people become anxious at the thought of receiving chemotherapy. Please know that our entire staff will do everything we can to make you feel as comfortable as possible. The nurses responsible for your care have received specialized training in treating oncology patients, including the preparation and administration of chemotherapy. We have an outstanding team of nurses who are professional, competent, and caring, and will provide a warm and personal touch to your treatment.
Your chemotherapy treatment requires a separate appointment from the practitioner (physician/physician assistant) appointment. You will also usually need a separate chemotherapy education appointment before your first treatment with one of our physician assistants to review the treatment schedule, expected side effects, prescriptions you might need, and to answer other questions you might have. Please help to make sure the front desk personnel have made both appointments for you.
At the time of your first chemotherapy appointment, you will be taken to our Infusion Room. Your treatment will be administered in a comfortable recliner chair. The nurse will give you information on the drugs you will receive, the side effects of the treatment, and the schedule of your treatment. Please utilize this time for questions. It is very important to come on time for your chemotherapy appointment because the schedule allows for the nurses to have adequate time to administer your treatment and to answer your questions.
Treatments often require several hours, so feel free to bring a drink and a snack with you as we do not have facilities in the building to purchase them. Please be considerate of others. Some patients are undergoing treatments which may make them sensitive to smells. We recommend that you bring things to help pass the time while here. Examples include reading materials, crossword puzzles, radios, TVs and DVD players with headphones, etc. We do have two portable DVD players for use so you can bring a DVD movie and enjoy! We also ask that patients limit cell phone usage in the Infusion Room, again out of consideration for others.
It is important to bring any medications with you that you may need while here in the office. Diabetic patients should be sure to bring their insulin and/or a snack if they will be here several hours. Pain medications are especially important to have on hand to ensure a more comfortable visit with us as we have limited pain medications in the office.
Just a few more items:
- On the day of treatment please come thirty minutes prior to your appointment time so that adequate time is allowed for drawing blood.
- Your chemotherapy appointment time should always follow your practitioner appointment. Please make sure that this is the case when the front desk is making your appointment.
- You may choose to bring someone with you on your treatment day. We do ask however, that you only bring one person and please no children under the age of 16. In the event that the room is full we may ask your visitor to wait in the waiting room.