Your First Chemotherapy Appointment
Prior to your first visit with us, you will have seen a medical oncologist
who has developed your treatment plan. That plan has been sent to our
outpatient oncology nurses, who will administer your treatment.
Courses of chemotherapy are typically given over a period of three to twelve
months. The schedule of your treatments depends on your diagnosis and
the medications you are receiving. Chemotherapy is given in cycles that
allow your body to rest and regain strength as it builds healthy, new
cells. Treatments may be given every day, every week or every few weeks.
Your blood levels will be checked before you are treated or as ordered
by your physician. If your blood levels drop too low, your doctor may
decide to delay your treatment or reduce the dose of your chemotherapy
Length of Treatment
The length of your treatment depends on the medications ordered. It could
be as brief as thirty minutes, or as long as eight hours. You will be
seated in a comfortable recliner and have access to a television. If you
would like to bring in relaxing music, you are welcome to do so. Family
or friends are welcome to come with you for your treatment. If you are
here for treatment during the lunch hours, we will provide a complimentary
meal for you. Family and friends are welcome to visit the hospital cafeteria.
Remember: It is important to be your own best health advocate. Carefully follow
all home care instructions you are given, and report any unusual symptoms
you may be experiencing to your health care team.