TREATMENT ROOM GUIDE
Preparing for your Infusion
We provide all types of medical cancer therapy at our in-office infusion room, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, hormonal therapy and supportive therapy. This may include intravenous infusions or injection treatments. Our chemotherapy-certified nurses provide expert and compassionate care.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when visiting our infusion room:
Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the clinic on the day of your first treatment. Once you know how well you tolerate the treatment, you can decide whether it is necessary to continue to have a driver.
We have space for one person to accompany you in the infusion room. Some days may be more crowded than others, and we may ask any additional people to wait in the waiting room.
Keep conversations quiet, as others may be sleeping or not feeling well.
Silence your cellphone while in the infusion room. If you must take a call, use a quiet voice and keep conversations brief while in the infusion area.
Plan to rest on the day of and the day after your first treatment.
Dress comfortably with sleeves that can be rolled up easily or wear clothing that allows easy access to your port.
Take your usual medications prior to your appointment unless otherwise specified by your physician or nurse.
If you have been asked to pick up some new prescriptions prior to your infusion, please bring all of the medications to your appointment. We will explain them in detail when you are here.
Bring something to read, music with head phones, or a laptop/tablet. There is wireless access. Outlets are usually available. We also have blankets and pillows if you want to take a nap!
Think about your meals. We have hot and cold water as well as a selection of teas available. You may bring snacks and drinks into the infusion room. Please avoid bringing any foods with strong scents. You may eat a regular meal prior to your chemotherapy appointment. If you have a late morning or afternoon appointment, eat a snack before you come. We recommend that you avoid a heavy meal or any fried, greasy or spicy foods. You may also want to have some prepared food ready at home for after your treatment.
Please do not go to the infusion room without first checking in and getting permission from the front desk. This applies even if you are only receiving an injection or do not have an appointment with your doctor that day.
Please do not wear any strong scents such as perfumes or after-shaves. Strong smells can cause nausea in some patients receiving chemotherapy.
Please do not bring children under the age of 12 or any pets. In certain cases, this may be permissible, but we ask that you discuss this with us beforehand.