For our patient’s comfort, our facility features 20 semi-private infusion bays and 4 private treatment rooms. If intravenous cancer therapy is part of your cancer treatment plan, you will receive your treatments in the Infusion Center at our Cancer Center. Providers and oncology certified nurses deliver compassionate, expert, patient-centered care and help make you as comfortable as possible.
The Infusion Center provides services including:
- Pre-medications (e.g., anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, diphendydramine, antiemetics)
- Chemotherapy medications
- Biotherapy medications
- General IV fluids
- Iron infusion
- Therapeutic phlebotomy services
- Central line cares
When you arrive at the Infusion Center for your first infusion therapy treatment, you’ll check in and a nurse will give you a brief tour and bring you to an infusion bay. Our team will work to make you as comfortable as possible:
- Private chairs with your own television and chair for a caregiver are available.
- Rooms are sometimes available if you seek more privacy or need to rest during treatment.
- A patient care technician or nurse will take your vital signs and offer you a heated blanket, drinks or snack, to help increase your comfort during treatment..
- You can also access the integrative service of aromatherapy while in the Infusion Center. Aromatherapy utilizes specific essential oils to help you relax during treatment.
Virtual Infusion Centers
Traveling for cancer treatment? You may be eligible for intravenous therapy in your home community. Click here to learn more.
How is infusion administered?
If you are receiving intravenous cancer treatment, the length of the infusion will depend on your specific treatment regimen, including the type and amount of drugs you are receiving. Your nurse will be able to relay that information to you during your first treatment. If your regimen changes, the timeframe may change as well.
An infusion nurse will do a short assessment upon your arrival. Depending on what your medical oncologist has prescribed, you will receive pre-medications to support your treatment and help reduce side effects. After the pre-medications, your nurse will begin administering your infusion therapy.
Speed of care and safety protocols
Before each visit to the Infusion Center, you will have lab work done to make sure your blood counts are within an acceptable range to receive cancer therapy. With the hospital’s electronic health records (EHR) system, lab results are automatically delivered to the Infusion Center in real time.
The chemotherapy is prepared by the Infusion Center Pharmacy, which helps improve turnaround times for our patients. The Infusion Center abides by the Oncology Nursing Society guidelines for administering chemotherapy. Every nurse on the team has had expert training in handling and administering chemotherapy and other infusion medications. Your nurses will double check your arm band, your oncologist’s medication orders and other important aspects of treatment orders to ensure the highest quality and safety while your treatment is being delivered.
Located on the first floor of Sanford’s Cancer Center, the Infusion Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am -5:00 pm.
Patients’ intravenous cancer treatments are scheduled. Once you begin your treatment, your provider will prefer to keep you on the same day of the week for each treatment. We understand that many going through treatment still want to maintain full time employment. All efforts will be made to accommodate your requested time with each visit.