Our Infusion Center offers a comfortable environment for treatment
Our Infusion Center is designed with your comfort in mind. We offer the latest treatments in chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, and other targeted therapies. Our compassionate staff includes oncology nurses who have specialized training in chemotherapy administration.
- Chemotherapy or “chemo” is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. This is a standard treatment and may be used in combination with radiation, surgery, or other treatment options. It can consist of a combination of medications or just one, depending on your specific condition
- Immunotherapy is the use of cells, antibodies, and organs of your body’s immune system to fight cancer, just like they would normally protect you against bacteria and viruses. Immunotherapy may also be referred to as biologic therapy, biological response modifier therapy, or biotherapy
- Hormone therapy includes medications that stop production of hormones or interfere with their activity. This treatment may be used for some cancers, like breast and prostate cancer, which are dependent on certain hormones to grow
- Targeted therapy includes medications that block cancer from growing and spreading by interfering with specific molecules that aid in tumor growth. There medicines attack only cancer cells and usually have fewer side effects than chemotherapy.
Your medical oncologist will work with your entire care team to identify which treatment(s) are best to treat your type of cancer and meet your individual needs. Your oncology nurse navigator will meet with you to review your care plan and answer any questions you might have, and will check in with you regularly to see how you are feeling. Our nutritionist will also help you manage your diet so you feel as well as possible throughout your treatment.
Comfort and convenience, close to home
We understand that receiving cancer treatment can be stressful, that’s why we want to make sure you’re comfortable and our services are convenient for you. At Phelps, we offer free parking and free Wi-Fi access to our patients and visitors. Our friendly hospitality staff visits with patients at the infusion center and offer refreshments. We also offer evening hours to accommodate your schedule.
Here are some tips for what to bring to make your treatment session more comfortable
Chemo treatments may last for several hours, so you’ll want to dress comfortably. You may also want to bring socks or slippers in case you get chilly.
A warm blanket
We’ll have blankets for you, but if you prefer something familiar from home, feel free to bring your own.
Water & your favorite snacks
Some people get headaches during chemo, which can be linked to dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water. You also may get hungry, so feel free to bring snacks.
Sometimes treatment can cause dry mouth, so you might try ginger or lemon candies. These can also help with nausea.
Chapstick or lip balm
Sometimes treatment can cause chapped lips, and lip balm can help soothe them.
Headphones and your favorite playlists may help make time pass faster and drown out the hum of infusion machines.
Use your personal devices to help pass the time by watching your favorite show or catching up on work or your to do list. We offer free Wifi. Don’t forget your charger!
Books or magazines
You might also consider bringing something to read to help pass the time.
Talking with a friend or loved one can help ease stress and boost your mood.
Staying positive can make a big difference! Bring your favorite quotes, photos, or anything that helps you feel inspired.
A designated driver
You may be exhausted after chemo, so bring someone who can drive you to and from your chemo appointment.