The highly-skilled and accomplished doctors at Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center offer extensive experience in prostate, breast, lung, colorectal, head & neck, ovarian, liver and pancreatic cancers, multiple myeloma, leukemia, hematological disorders, and brain tumors. Our medical oncologists and hematologists meet with patients and their families to determine an individualized treatment plan that is optimal for each patient.
Designed for comfort, healing and encouragement, the Medical Oncology and Hematology Unit features 13 infusion rooms, of which 9 are private and 4, called "buddy bays," accommodate those who prefer to visit and build relationships with other patients. All patients have their own flat-panel color television, a comfortable lounge chair, and personal control over lighting and temperature, and room for family members. Most of the infusion rooms are built along the glass-walled building to maximize the entry of natural light. Nurses, passionate about providing excellent patient care, are stationed within the infusion area to provide the best support to patients. Nutritional and social work staff are also available to provide education, comfort, and support to patients.
Patients at Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center can depend on highly-skilled physicians who consult with their colleagues to determine the best treatment plan for each patient. One place where these consultations can occur is in multidisciplinary case review sessions called "Tumor Boards," where doctors from Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center, Trinitas Regional Medical Center and private practice meet each week to present and discuss their toughest cases. Many patients with cancer present unique treatment challenges due to the type, complexity or aggressiveness of the cancer, the location or spread of the malignancy, or simply the age or overall health and condition of the patient. The weekly tumor board meetings provide specialists with a forum for discussion where their patients benefit from the expertise of several physician specialists all working toward the optimal treatment plan. Among the many disciplines represented in these weekly meetings are physicians with specialties in radiology, pulmonology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, hematology, urologic gynecology, gynecologic-oncology, surgery, and symptom management.
What Is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy treats cancer with powerful drugs that travel through the bloodstream in order to:
What Are the Goals of Chemotherapy Treatment?
How Are Chemotherapy Drugs Given?
Depending on the type of cancer, chemotherapy drugs can be given by the following methods:
An implanted port is recommended to those patients that require frequent and/or long-term delivery of medications directly into the bloodstream. A port can also be suggested by a doctor if smaller veins which are typically used for injection of medications are damaged, injured or have poor blood flow.