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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.
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:
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
During your appointment time, we will do everything we can
to make you comfortable. You can:
Designate a driverWe 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 timesTreatment 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.
NutritionPlease 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.
SmokingAvista 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.
MedicationBring 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.
ClothingWear 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.
Family Members and FriendsOne 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 TreatmentYou 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.
Physician Group Medical Oncology – Avista80 Health Park Dr.,
Suite 270Louisville, CO 80027Phone: 303-661-1860
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