You and Chemotherapy
Your doctor has recommended chemotherapy and/or blood products as part of your treatment plan. Chemotherapy agents are drugs that kill cancer cells.Often, you will hear it called “chemo” for short. These drugs work by stopping the cancer cells from multiplying. Unfortunately, healthy cells can be affected too – particularly cells that reproduce quickly, such as those that line your hair follicles and your digestive tract.This is what causes many of the side effects commonly associated with chemo.The good news is that these cells usually repair themselves after chemotherapy has ended. Side effects will vary greatly from person to person, depending on many factors including the drugs used, the dose, and your general health. Chemotherapy may be prescribed to cure or control cancer or to relieve symptoms and make you more comfortable.
The staff who will be caring for you in the Chemotherapy Infusion Center (CIC) want you to be prepared for your visits. Knowing what to expect can help relieve apprehension and help you feel in control. Please feel free to ask questions and talk to the members of your health care team about your treatment.They are ready to help with any needs or concerns. The CIC is staffed with highly skilled nurses who have received special training in administering chemotherapy. Your physcian will write the orders for your chemo, but you will not see your doctor in the CIC. Your NP or PA may assist your doctor in writing your chemotherapy orders. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask the nurses. They will make you as comfortable as possible.
The CIC is located on the ground floor of the hospital. On your first visit, you will be given a brief tour of the CIC.
How to Contact the CIC
For questions or concerns during office hours, please call your physician or the Ambulatory Center where you are being treated. For any questions or concerns during evenings or weekends, please call the switchboard operator at (716) 845-8019. Once your provide the operator with your physician’s name they will direct your call to the appropriate medical personnel.