Destroying Cancer Cells with Chemotherapy
Because cancer cells grow and divide quickly, part of the treatment commonly involves killing these cells. That’s the role of chemotherapy — drugs that are typically used as part of a treatment plan that may also involve radiation and surgery.
The Adena Cancer Center’s 5,000-square-foot Infusion Center includes 18 treatment spaces and a pharmacy, where individualized medications are mixed based on each patient’s needs. Well-trained oncology nurses administer chemotherapy.
Patients receive their medications intravenously while reclining in front of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a park-like setting. Even the colors are designed to be soothing and create a positive distraction. Each infusion station offers wireless Internet access, iPads, a TV/DVD and guest seating to provide as much comfort as possible.
In some cases, particularly for colorectal cancer patients, a continual infusion at home may be an option. This allows patients to wear a pack around their waist that delivers the treatment, minimizing the amount of time they need to spend in the Infusion Center.
The Infusion Center is defined by compassionate care with a personalized touch, says manager of medical oncology.
“The sole reason we’re here,” she says, “is to care for cancer patients — from the beginning of their journey to well past their last treatment.”
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