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During Treatment

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During Treatment

You are the most important member of your patient care team.

You and your oncologist will determine the best treatment schedule for your illness.

Our staff will accommodate your work and family needs whenever possible. If you need to change an appointment, please speak to the nurse and physician treating you.

Medical oncology treatments may be brief injections or infusions, which may take a few hours each visit throughout a cycle. A cycle includes the actual treatment phase followed by a period of recovery.

For most patients treated in our clinic, the experience is much easier than expected.

We put a lot of time and careful thought into designing the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care to promote health, well-being, calmness and comfort in a soothing environment.

You can watch videos, read, listen to music, put together a puzzle, nap or visit with nurses, other patients or family and friends. Coffee, juices, snacks and lunch are available.

Assessing Treatment

We want you to be as comfortable as possible. At each visit we'll ask you to rate any discomfort you may be feeling on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain).

If you are taking pain medication, we'll ask you to rate the amount of pain after taking the medication. This helps us evaluate how effective your treatment is and if we need to make any changes.

After you see the nurse, you will see your physician who will:
  • Review your test and lab results with you
  • Discuss your medical history and current symptoms
  • Perform a physical examination

Your doctor will discuss your treatment options and develop your plan of care.

Often patients find it helpful to have a family member or friend sit in on the discussion.

Please write down your questions ahead of time to make sure you address your concerns during your appointment.

Your medical oncologist will closely follow your treatment and see you regularly to keep you updated on your therapy and progress.

If at any time you have questions or concerns and need more time during the appointment, please call ahead so we can schedule the time you need.

After Treatment

When you have completed your treatment, your oncologist will see you regularly to monitor your health.