Specialties

  • Cancer Treatment & Infusion Center

  • A Positive Healing Environment

    We know that treatment for cancer with chemotherapy can be difficult, both physically and emotionally. When you come to Avista Adventist Hospital’s Infusion Center, our friendly and caring team will use the most advanced treatments, delivered in a positive healing environment, to get you back to your life.

    Answers to common questions you may have about your cancer treatment.

  • Chemotherapy (chemo) is a medication or a combination of medications prescribed to kill cancer cells which may also kill healthy cells. These medications are often called “anti-cancer” drugs. Chemotherapy treatments may be given in many ways:

    • Intravenous (IV): through a catheter tube in the vein, typically placed in the arm. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend having an IV infusion device such as an implantable port or port-a-cath.
    • Orally: taken by mouth as pills, capsules or liquids that you swallow.  
    • Intracavitary: given directly into a body area such as the bladder. 
    • Intraperitoneal: given directly into the pelvic, abdomen area, as part of a treatment such as ovarian cancer
    • Topically: placed on the skin where it is absorbed.  
    • Intra-arterial (IA): given directly into an artery.

     

    If intravenous or intraperitoneal chemotherapy is part of your cancer treatment plan, you will receive treatments in the Infusion Center at our hospital. Our staff and nurses will assist with your care and help make you as comfortable as possible.

    Avista Infusion Center is located on the 2nd floor of Avista Adventist Hospital at the very end of the medical surgical unit.

    Patients will check in at Patient Registration on the 1st floor.

    During your appointment time, we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. You can:

    • Bring family and friends, there are plenty of chairs in your private treatment room.  Your guest has access to the refreshment station in the hallway and can purchase room service. 
    • Spend your visit in a massage chair with heat options at your fingertips
    • Enjoy an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains
    • Watch your own personal television
    • Get cozy under warm blankets
    • Order room service (meals and snacks) to your treatment room at no charge
    • Request to speak with a Chaplain at any time

    Find contact and scheduling details for the Avista Infusion Center.
    Staff members in our Infusion Center have specialized training to provide your treatment.  Your cancer care team closely monitors your health and works to reduce any side effects that may occur.
    It is helpful to carefully review the information given to you in the Patient Education binder before treatment starts. The patient education binder includes information about treatment medications plus how to manage side effects that may occur.
    Many people feel it is useful to choose someone to accompany them to appointments, take notes and serve as another set of ears to listen to physician instructions, etc. 

    Designate a driver
    We suggest you arrange to have a driver for at least your first treatment.  After that, whether or not you can drive depends on the medications you get, your response to them and your total health. The effects of some medications may make you too drowsy to drive.  Please discuss any transportation issues you may have with your cancer care team.

    Treatment times
    Treatment times differ between patients. Depending on your care plan, your treatment may take just a few hours or all day. The staff can provide you with an estimate of how long your treatment will take, but there are many unexpected things that can add time to your stay. You can expect that our nurses will check how you are doing before treatment starts, during treatment and before you are released. We will make every effort to make you comfortable, answer your questions and meet your needs during your treatment.

    Nutrition
    Please eat according to your normal schedule. You will have access to room service during your treatment. You may find it best to eat a light meal and avoid fried, spicy, or acidic foods before your treatment.  Be sure to drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids the day before, of and after your treatment. You will find the National Cancer Institute booklet, Eating Hints: Before, During and After Cancer Treatment very helpful in maintaining your health during and after treatments.

    Smoking
    Avista Adventist Hospital is a nonsmoking campus. Due to the nature of your treatment, you will not be able to leave the infusion area to smoke. Please talk with your oncology doctor on how to manage your desire to smoke during your appointment. 

    Medication
    Bring all doses of medication that you are scheduled to take during your appointment time and for the rest of the day in addition to a list of all medications (herbs and supplements, etc.) that you are taking. Plan to take your other medications as scheduled unless otherwise directed by your cancer care team. 

    Clothing
    Wear loose and comfortable clothing that gives easy access to your arms and/or chest (if you have a port).  Dress in layers to account for temperature changes.

    Personal Information

    • A form of identification
    • Your insurance card
    • Assistive devices such as canes or walkers that you use at home
    • Your Patient Education binder
    • Something for you to do. Please bring headphones to use with your electronic devices.

     

    Family Members and Friends
    One of the design features that sets Avista Adventist Hospital’s Infusion Center apart from other oncology providers are the private rooms we offer to infusion patients. As long as the hospital does not have any visitor restrictions due to flu season, family members and friends are welcome to join you during your treatment.

    Post Treatment
    You will be able to go home once your infusion is done. It is important to discuss your concerns about possible side effects with your cancer care team. The Managing Chemotherapy Side Effect series is a great resource during and after chemotherapy. Remember, not all individuals get all side effects and the severity and type of side effects that may happen will depend on the treatment you are getting.  Your treatment plan is specific to preventing as many side effects as possible.

     

     

    Chemotherapy may be present in urine, vomit, blood, stool, sweat, mucus, tears and sexual fluids for up to a week after your treatment. Your cancer care team will thoroughly discuss precautions with you. 
    The end of cancer treatment is often a time of mixed emotions.  You can’t change the fact that you have had cancer.  What you can change is how you live your life; making healthy choices that support feeling as well as possible, physically and emotionally.  These topics and more are discussed in Facing Forward, a booklet written by the National Cancer Institute. You can also talk with your cancer care team to discuss your concerns.
  • Questions & Scheduling

    Centura Health Physician Group Medical Oncology – Avista
    80 Health Park Dr., Suite 270
    Louisville, CO 80027
    Phone: 303-661-1860

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