If you receive a diagnosis of cancer, your doctor may recommend treating it with chemotherapy at Virginia Hospital Center.
How Chemotherapy Works
Chemotherapy kills cells in your body that grow quickly. This includes cancer cells, but also some healthy cells in your hair, digestive tract and immune system. So you may experience side effects like hair loss, nausea and increased risk of contagious diseases. Ask your care team for help managing these side effects, which go away after treatment ends.
What to Expect
You'll most likely receive chemotherapy intravenously (through a vein). This approach to treatment is also called infusion. Treatment sessions last anywhere from a half hour to several hours and may take place for a few weeks or months.
You may get chemotherapy along with other cancer treatments, such as radiation or surgery.
Outpatient Infusion Center
Infusion therapy is also known as intravenous, or IV therapy. Designed with their needs in mind, patients receive treatment from skilled nurses in a safe, comfortable, and compassionate environment:
- Individual, private patient bays with televisions
- Weekend/holiday availability
- Free WIFI
- Access to Cancer Resource Center, educational materials, and nutritional advice
- Accessing and Managing Central Lines
- Blood/Platelet transfusions
- Cortisol Stimuation Test
- Iron Therapies
- IV antibiotics
- IV fluids
- Therapeutic Phlebotomy