What to Expect
Arriving at the Cancer Care Center
We are located in the Allied Health Building of Drew Memorial Hospital.
When you arrive in our office you will sign in and be registered at the front desk. From there, a nurse will escort you back into a room where she will check your vital signs and draw blood for lab work. You will then be taken into an exam room for your appointment with the doctor.
If you are receiving chemotherapy, you will be taken into our infusion room for your treatment. Family members are welcome to remain with you in the treatment room until the nurse gets you started. They may then check on you every hour or so but may not be able to remain with you throughout your entire treatment due to patient volumes. We also ask that you not bring children under the age of 13 with you to your chemo treatments, as some of our patients are at greater risk for infection.
Before your first chemotherapy treatment, your nurse will review possible side effects of each chemo medication you are to receive with you and your family. You will also be given a printed copy of this information along with general information about what to expect from your treatment and be asked to sign a consent form stating that you wish to proceed with this treatment.
Our chemotherapy nurse will access your port or start an IV each time you come for treatment. If you have a port, labs can be drawn from it for your blood tests as well. Each treatment will begin with “pre-meds” which are administered before the chemo meds to prevent adverse side effects. After your “pre-meds” are administered, you will receive your chemotherapy medications. Different drug regimens require different amount of time to infuse, so the time needed for your treatment may vary.
What to Bring to Your Treatments
We want your experience here to be pleasant and comfortable. Depending on the length of your treatment, you may wish to bring snacks, lunch or have a family member bring you lunch. Pillows, blankets, and drinks are provided. Be sure to bring any routine medications you may need to take while you are here. You may also wish to bring books, magazines, knitting, crossword puzzles, etc. to help pass the time. If there is anything you need while you are here, please don’t hesitate to ask, and we will accommodate you as best we can.