Patients receiving chemotherapy may get their treatments in one of three locations: the Outpatient Chemotherapy and Hematology Department, located on the 3rd floor of The Hayworth Cancer Center, the chemotherapy room at Cornerstone Hematology/Oncology's Cancer Center offices, or their infusion suite at Premier Medical Plaza. Our medical oncologists design chemotherapy treatment plans to meet each patient's specific needs.
Regardless of location, all medications are given by certified chemotherapy and oncology nurses. These nurses are specially trained to educate cancer patients about the drugs they are receiving and to help in managing any side-effects they may experience. In addition to traditional chemotherapy drugs, Hayworth Cancer Center offers targeted therapies that identify and attack cancer cells while doing little damage to normal cells, hormone therapies, and immunotherapies that stimulate patients' natural immune systems to more effectively recognize and attack cancer cells.
Chemotherapy is the use of medication (anticancer drugs) to treat cancerous cells. It has been used for many years and is one of the most common treatments for cancer. Chemotherapy works by interrupting the cancer cell's ability to grow or reproduce. Different groups of drugs work in various ways to fight cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be used alone for some types of cancer or in combination with other treatments such as radiation or surgery. In many cases, a combination of chemotherapy medication is used to fight a specific cancer. Certain chemotherapy medications may be given in a specific order depending on the type of cancer it is being used to treat. We also work with you to manage the potential side effects that you may encounter when undergoing this type of treatment.