Chemotherapy (chemo) is the use of medicines (drugs) to treat cancer. Chemotherapy can be used to cure cancer, keep the cancer from spreading, or to slow its growth or relieve symptoms caused by cancer. Chemotherapy is a “systemic” treatment as it works throughout the body, while surgery and radiation therapy destroy or damage cancer cells in a specific location. Medical oncologists and oncology nurses work closely with our pharmacy staff to manage dosages and monitor patient progress ensuring the best formulas and optimal treatment plans to fight specific diseases. There are many different types of chemotherapy drugs that can be used alone or in combination therapy.
There are three main categories of medicines used to fight cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society website, Chemotherapy drugs can be divided into several groups based on factors such as how they work, their chemical structure, and their relationship to another drug. Some chemotherapy drugs are grouped together because they were derived from the same plant. Because some drugs act in more than one way, they may belong to more than one group. Knowing how the drug works is important in predicting side effects. This helps oncologists decide which drugs are likely to work well together. If more than one drug will be used, this information also helps them plan exactly when each of the drugs should be given (in which order and how often).
The ACS link to chemotherapy drugs is: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/TreatmentTypes/Chemotherapy/ChemotherapyPrinciplesAnIn-depthDiscussionoftheTechniquesanditsRoleinTreatment/chemotherapy-principles-types-of-chemo-drugs
According to the American Cancer Society website, Targeted therapies can be used to treat different kinds of diseases. Some of the cancers that may be treated with targeted therapy include certain types of lung, pancreatic, head and neck, liver, colorectal, breast, and kidney cancers. Targeted therapy is a new type of cancer treatment that uses drugs or other substances to identify and attack cancer cells while doing little damage to normal cells. These therapies attack the cancer cells' inner workings -- the programming that makes them different from normal, healthy cells. Each type of targeted therapy works differently, but all alter the way a cancer cell grows, divides, repairs itself, or interacts with other cells. Targeted therapies are a major focus of cancer research today. Many future advances against cancer will likely come from this field. The ACS link to targeted therapy drugs is: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/index
According to the American Cancer Society website, Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Get information about the different types of immunotherapy and the types of cancer they are used to treat. Click on the ACS link below to get started: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/TreatmentTypes/Immunotherapy/immunotherapy-toc
Ambulatory Infusion Center
Our Ambulatory Infusion Center provides chemotherapy administration as well as administration of other medications on an outpatient basis.
As a convenience to our patients and physicians, Hamilton Medical Center offers ambulatory infusion services.
Our area is located within Hamilton Medical Center’s Burkett Building, next to JUDD Radiation Oncology [when approaching from within the hospital - Ambulatory Infusion Center is located on the second floor].
Our Ambulatory Infusion Center (AIC) provides a very pleasant atmosphere. It is furnished with comfortable treatment chairs, each equipped with a personal flat screen television. A hospital bed is available for patients who prefer or need to recline. Lunch is provided for patients with extended treatments. Chemotherapy is administered by nationally certified oncology registered nurses. Our staff is extremely caring and compassionate, working to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs expressed by their patients. Our schedule times are flexible to accommodate patient requests. Services we provide include:
You Have Options
“It is important for patients to know they have an option for infusion care,” adds Marjorie Hampton, RN, OCN, chemotherapy and infusion nurse at the Ambulatory Infusion Center. “Ambulatory infusion clinics provide the same high level of care without unnecessary inconveniences.”
If you have any questions or wish to refer or receive treatments at AIC, please contact us at 706-217-1088.