Chemotherapy

Our Nursing staff is available Monday through Friday during normal business hours to address all patient needs. Chemotherapy is provided at all of our office locations. All nurses receive specialized training in the field of oncology nursing. In addition to administering chemotherapy, supportive treatment and care is also provided by our very caring and dedicated staff. Our patients are made to feel like they are “at home” and enjoy the comforts of our office.

Please click on the following link to a guide to self help during the cancer treatment: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/chemotherapy-and-you

FAQ
Q: How long will my treatment take?
A: This depends on the treatment plan chosen by you and your physician. The chemotheraphy can be given by IV push method, which takes 10 – 15 minutes, to long IV infusions which may last up to 7 - 8 hours.
Q: How much chemotherapy will I receive?
A: The amount of drug you receive is calculated in several different ways, depending on the drug. Most drugs are calculated by using your height and weight to determine your Body Surface Area (BSA). Other drugs are calculated using specific lab values and mathematical formulas. You will be weighed and have lab work done prior to the start of each chemotherapy cycle.
Q: Will I have to keep coming after my treatment ends?
A: You will make regular follow up visits with your physician after your treatment is completed. You may also have lab or other diagnostic testing done prior to those visits.
Q: Is it safe for family members to have contact with me while I am receiving chemotherapy?
A: Yes. It is important to maintain your support system during this time. Eating together, enjoying family milestones and favorite activities are safe and encouraged.
Q: Am I going to lose my hair?
A: Not all chemotherapy patients will lose their hair. Each chemotherapy regimen is different and the drugs will affect each patient differently. The chemotherapy nurse will discuss the potential side effects of each chemotherapy agent prior to starting your treatment.
Q: Will chemotherapy make me “throw up”?
A: Your nurse will give you IV medication to prevent nausea prior to giving chemotherapy. The nurse will also give you a prescription for anti-nausea medication for you to take at home in case you should need it.
Q: What are the side-effects of chemotherapy?
A: There are some side effects that are common to most chemotherapy drugs. Chemotherapy attacks rapidly growing and dividing cells. As a result your mouth, skin, intestinal tract and blood cells can be affected by the drugs. Each drug has its own specific side effects and will be discussed with you throughout your treatment. At each visit, you will be assessed for potential problems. It is very important that you discuss any changes with your nurse.
Q: Can I dye or perm my hair during chemo?
A: Hair treatments should be avoided until hair returns to normal. This could take up to 6 months or longer. Some recommendations: avoid chemical curls or waves until hair is at least 3 inches long; some patients may not tolerate permanent waves for one year after treatment because of scalp sensitivity; permanent coloring may also be irritating to sensitive scalp and should be avoided until sensation returns to normal (semi-permanent coloring or rinses are advised).
If you have any questions please contact our Nursing department
at 815-725-1355
  • Ali R. Lakhani Ali R. Lakhani, M.D.
  • Arvind Kumar Arvind Kumar, M.D.
  • Ellen J. Gustafson Ellen J. Gustafson, M.D.
  • Jason J. Suh Jason J. Suh, M.D.
  • Kulumani M.Sivarajan Kulumani M.Sivarajan, M.D.
  • Nafisa Burhani Nafisa Burhani, M.D.
  • Nicholas Galanopoulos Nicholas Galanopoulos, M.D.
  • Ommar Hla Ommar Hla, M.D.
  • Patrick McGinnis Patrick McGinnis, M.D.
  • Sanjiv S. Modi Sanjiv S. Modi, M.D.
  • Sarode K.Pundaleeka Sarode K.Pundaleeka, M.D.
  • Silviya Velinova Silviya Velinova, M.D.
  • Virag Dandekar Virag Dandekar, M.D.
  • Worood Abboud Worood Abboud, M.D.

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