Thanks to improved combinations of cancer drugs, chemotherapy continues to achieve better outcomes for cancer patients. The Cancer Center provides convenient outpatient chemotherapy. Chemotherapy offers fairly predictable results and is often the first choice in treating cancer.
Certain patients may also benefit from Immunotherapy. Cancer immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. This exciting treatment is often used in combination with chemotherapy or alone.
Hematologists are doctors trained in hematology; the study of blood and blood diseases. Oncologists are doctors trained in oncology; the study of cancer. While these two specialties are separate, they often overlap on another.
Several of the Cancer Center MD’s are hematologist- oncologists. These doctors have specialized training in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of blood related diseases, such as anemia, leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
Some patients who have cancer or certain types of blood disorders may require special medications which are often given by infusion; administered in a vein by a chemotherapy nurse. The length of time it takes to receive the therapy varies by patient and depending on what type of treatment it is; it may need to be repeated.
The Medical Oncology Department, located in the Cancer Center at Central Harnett Hospital, offers chemotherapy in a comfortable outpatient setting.
From the waiting room to the treatment setting, services in the Medical Oncology Department are completely customized. For wheelchair patients, our facility has wider doorways, electric scales for wheelchair accommodation and electric exam tables for easy transfers. The chemotherapy suite has spacious and comfortable treatment recliners and private treatment beds.
Our nurses maintain national certification in oncology nursing and have received specialized training to give them a deeper understanding of the unique healthcare needs of cancer patients. Putting our patients’ care and comfort first is our primary focus.