Chemotherapy – Targeted Therapy – Immunotherapy:
Chemotherapy (chemo) is the use of medicines (drugs) to treat cancer. While surgery removes tumors and radiation therapy destroys or damages cancer cells in a specific location, Chemotherapy is a “systemic” treatment, as it works throughout the body. Chemotherapy can be used to stop cancer, keep the cancer from spreading, or to slow its growth and relieve symptoms caused by cancer. 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 types of the disease. There are many different types of chemotherapy drugs that can be used alone or in combination with each other and new lines of therapy are being developed.
The ACS link to chemotherapy drugs is here.
Targeted therapies are used to treat specific types of cancer. Some of the cancers that may be treated with targeted therapy include lung, pancreatic, head and neck, liver, colorectal, breast, and kidney cancers. Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses specific drugs or other substances to identify and attack cancer cells while doing little damage to normal 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 here.
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: Cancer Immunotherapy
HCI’s Ambulatory Infusion Center is dedicated to the safe and effective administration of chemotherapy regimens.
Our Ambulatory Infusion Center (AIC) is dedicated to the safe and effective administration of chemotherapy regimens. The AIC provides a very pleasant atmosphere and is furnished with comfortable treatment chairs, each equipped with a personal flat screen television. Both private and open treatment areas are available and a hospital bed is available for patients who prefer or need to recline while receiving treatment. Lunch is provided for patients with extended treatments. Chemotherapy is administered by nationally certified oncology registered nurses, who are extremely caring and competent, working to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their patients. Our schedule times are flexible to accommodate patient requests. Services we provide include the administration of:
- Blood Products
- Iron Infusions
- IV Antibiotics
- IV Medications for arthritis
- IV Medications for bone strengthening
- IVs for hydration purposes
- Rhogam shots for Pregnant Women
- IVIG for low platelets and certain immune disorders
- Injections to build blood counts with patients receiving chemotherapy or anemia patients (Procrit, Aranesp, Neulasta etc.)
- Care of venous access devices such (Mediports, PICC lines, Central Venous Catheters, etc.)
If you have any questions or wish to refer or receive treatments at HCI’s Ambulatory Infusion Center, please contact us at 706-217-1088.