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Infusion Services at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Common Infusion Treatments

Fox Chase provides infusion services to patients needing chemotherapy, non-chemotherapy infusions, hydration (given to maintain the correct amount of fluids in the body) and blood product transfusions. Our Infusion Room has 35 chairs.

Common types of infusion treatments include:

  • Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to:
  • Kill cancer cells
  • Stop cancer cells from spreading throughout the body
  • Slow the growth of cancer cells
  • Immunotherapy is a type of infusion that can work with a patient’s immune system to attack cancer cells.

How Treatments are Given

Treatments can be given to patients in a variety of ways:

  • Intravenously (IV). Gives medicine right into your vein through a thin, plastic tube called an IV catheter. Some patients may have a peripherally inserted central catheter (also known as a PICC line) inserted into a large vein that carries blood into the heart.
  • Through a port
    • A device placed in a large blood vessel while you are under anesthesia. Used to draw blood samples and give IV medicines, including chemotherapy.
    • Accessed with a needle at the start of each treatment. The needle is removed when the treatment is finished. Not all patients need a port. Your doctor will consider certain things when deciding if a port is the best option for you, like the type of drug, length of treatment, vein accessibility and your preference.
  • As an injection into a disease mass
  • By mouth through a pill or liquid
  • As a cream that is rubbed into a person’s skin

The type of infusion therapy you get is based on:

  • Your type of cancer
  • Your stage of cancer
  • Your overall health
  • Other treatments you have had

Patient Treatment Plan

Each patient treated in the Infusion Room gets a treatment plan from their healthcare provider. This plan includes:

  • Drug therapy and treatment schedules
  • Blood work and test information
  • Side effect and symptom management information

Individualized Treatments

Each patient’s cancer diagnosis is unique. For that reason, each patient’s treatment is unique as well. Your experience with treatment will not be the same as others. As you read through this booklet, please keep in mind that some sections may not apply to you or your treatment plan. For specific treatment information based on your diagnosis, talk with your care team.

Specialized Techiniques
  • Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) delivers chemotherapy directly to the lining of the abdominal cavity during surgery. HIPEC is a unique option in lieu of, or in addition to, traditional chemotherapy. 
  • Isolated Limb Infusion (ILI) is a regional technique which involves temporarily isolating the blood supply to an extremity to concentrate chemotherapy treatment there. 

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