Advances in chemotherapy treatment and infusion therapy have significantly changed the way patients experience this type of cancer treatment. It is important to educate yourself about your medications and to work with your doctor to find a medication regimen that is best for you.
Medical oncologists are doctors who specialize in the use of medications or drugs to treat cancer. At Centegra Health System, medical oncologists are important members of the cancer treatment team. They develop a personalized treatment plan for every patient and work with other specialists to provide the complete care our community members deserve.
When most people think of chemotherapy, they often think of intravenous drugs. This type of treatment is often used, however chemotherapy also can be given in pill form. In addition to these treatments, doctors also use immunotherapy (biological therapy) to support the body’s ability to fight cancer and other illnesses. These treatments also help many patients manage the side effects of cancer treatment.
Centegra doctors and other team members work together to prevent chemotherapy side effects when at all possible. Because the same drugs that treat cancer can also impact other cells in the body, patients may experience side effects not limited to but including:
- Hair loss
- Skin changes
Centegra’s experts use medications, nutritional support, anxiety management and other therapies to prevent side effects or reduce the severity of the symptoms. Everyone experiences cancer treatment differently, and while some people have virtually no side effects others may have several. It is important to inform your doctor and nurse about side effects so they can treat those symptoms.
The Centegra Oncology Rehabilitation Support Services supports people during and after cancer treatment. It addresses the side effects of treatment and provides specialized care from more than 80 specially trained providers, including physical and occupational therapists, massage therapists, speech/language pathologists and more.