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Getting Ready for Your Infusion Treatment

Taking Your Prescribed Medicine

You should continue taking your regularly prescribed medicines before each of your treatments unless you are told otherwise by your treatment team.

Eating Before Treatment

Patients should talk about the type and number of meals with their care team before starting their treatments. It is generally recommended that patients eat small, bland meals before their infusion sessions.

What to Bring

Many healthcare professionals and patients may be in the Infusion Room at one time. Because of this, the environment may feel overwhelming. We cannot offer patients their own room for infusion, so you may find yourself sitting next to others having treatment at the same time.

To help you relax and to keep you company, you may wish to bring a support person with you to your infusion sessions. You may also bring items to keep you busy, such as:

  • Electronic devices (such as tablets or cell phones) and headphones
  • Puzzles, journals and knitting
  • Books and magazines
  • Earplugs
  • Layers of clothing to adjust to changing body temperatures
  • Meals and snacks from home
  • Money to buy meals and snacks (Fox Chase offers several food options.)
  • Previously-prescribed pain medicines

The Infusion Room has TVs for patients to watch regular programming, educational videos and a relaxation channel. If you don’t have your own, our Resource and Education Center can provide you with an iPad or an MP3 player for use during treatment. Fox Chase has free Wi-Fi access.

When You Arrive

When you arrive to the Infusion Room, be sure to sign in for your treatment at the Infusion/Port Check-In desk. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so that we can seat you and begin your treatment as quickly as possible. Before your first infusion, you will get a patient itinerary. This includes a schedule of your day and more instructions.

Your doctor will order blood work before each infusion to check your:

  • Red and white blood cell count
  • Platelet count
  • Electrolytes
  • Liver function

In some cases, your blood may be drawn in either the lab or port room before your infusion. Your care team will check the results of your blood work before giving you your treatment. You may wait up to one hour for the results of your blood work. If you have questions, please speak with your care team.

Wait Time

Fox Chase works to keep your treatments on track and as close to their scheduled times as possible. However, there may be times when you have to wait to begin your infusion session. We suggest that you:

  • Do not schedule other appointments on your treatment days
  • Ask Fox Chase schedulers for openings during the least busy times in the Infusion Room
  • Schedule healthcare appointments at Fox Chase over two days

Please note that clinic and lab visits can be paired or separated from infusion visits, if needed.

Length of Treatment

The length of your treatment depends on the type of drug and therapy you will be having. For questions about your specific
treatment, please ask your care team and the Infusion Room nurses.

For Patients Arriving Late

Fox Chase treats patients in order of scheduled appointment time, not arrival time. For patients who will be arriving more than 30 minutes late for their infusion appointment, please call 215-728-2600. Depending on the volume of patients that day, we may be able to schedule a later time slot for patients arriving past their appointment time.

Visitors

You may have one person (who must be over age 12) join you in the Infusion Room during your treatments. Other visitors are welcome to sit in the waiting area outside the Infusion Room.
 

Your Care Team

Cancel or Change Your Appointment

If you need to cancel or reschedule a follow-up appointment, please contact us as soon as possible, at least 24 hours in advance, at 215-728-2600.

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