Cancer Infusion Therapy

March 19, 2024
Cancer Infusion Therapy

At BASS Cancer Center, our Cancer Infusion Services, under the guidance of Dr. Maya Leiva are committed to providing you with comprehensive and compassionate care throughout your infusion therapy journey.

What is Cancer Infusion?

Cancer infusion is a vital aspect of cancer care, involving the administration of medications directly into the bloodstream. This method allows for targeted delivery of powerful therapies to combat cancer while minimizing the impact on the rest of your body. Whether you're receiving chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or other infusion treatments, our cancer infusion services are here to support you every step of the way.

How is the Procedure Performed?

During the infusion process, a highly trained medical professional will carefully administer the prescribed medications through a needle or catheter. Our state-of-the-art facility is designed to ensure the safe and effective delivery of your treatment. Throughout the procedure, you will be closely monitored to address any immediate concerns and ensure your comfort.

Your Comfort and Safety

We prioritize your well-being throughout the infusion therapy. Our team is trained to address any potential side effects or concerns that may arise during the process. Comfortable infusion chairs, a calming environment, and personalized care plans contribute to an overall positive experience.

What to Expect

Personalized Treatment Plans

Before starting infusion therapy, the doctor will conduct a thorough assessment of your medical history, cancer type, and individual needs. This information allows us to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to optimize the effectiveness of your infusion therapy while minimizing side effects.

Understanding Your Medications

Dr. Leiva and our team will take the time to explain the medications being administered, their purpose, and potential side effects. We believe that informed patients are empowered patients, and we encourage you to ask questions and express any concerns you may have about your treatment.

Duration of Infusion Sessions

The length of each infusion session can vary based on the specific medications and treatment plan. Our team will provide you with an estimated duration for each session, and we strive to make your time in the infusion center as comfortable and efficient as possible.

Aftercare and Follow-Up

After each infusion session, our team will provide guidance on any necessary aftercare, including potential side effects to monitor and steps to take at home. Dr. Leiva will schedule follow-up appointments to assess your progress, address any concerns, and make adjustments to your treatment plan if needed.

Meet Your Expert Guide - Dr. Maya Leiva

Dr. Maya Leiva is not only a seasoned Hematology and Oncology Advanced Practice Pharmacist; she is your expert guide through the intricacies of infusion therapy. Holding a Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy, Dr. Leiva brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to ensuring that your infusion experience is as seamless and comfortable as possible.

Her extensive background includes faculty appointments at pharmacy schools across the U.S., serving as a preceptor to pharmacy students and residents. Dr. Leiva's passion extends beyond the treatment room; she is a Clinical Pharmacist Leader with the National Disaster Medical System, contributing to federal disaster responses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cancer infusion, and how does it differ from other cancer treatments?

Cancer infusion administers medications directly into the bloodstream, targeting cancer cells specifically. This method minimizes impact on healthy tissues, distinguishing it from other treatments.

What types of medications are typically administered through cancer infusion?

Medications may include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and supportive drugs to manage potential side effects, ensuring a comprehensive approach to cancer care.

How long does a typical cancer infusion session last?

The duration of an infusion session varies based on the specific treatment plan. Some sessions may take a few hours, while others may be shorter or longer, allowing for personalized care.

Is cancer infusion painful?

The infusion process itself is generally not painful. Some patients may experience discomfort during the insertion of the IV needle, but our team takes measures to minimize any potential discomfort.

What can I expect during my first consultation for cancer infusion services?

Your initial consultation with Dr. Maya Leiva involves a comprehensive discussion of your medical history, treatment plan, and any concerns you may have. This personalized approach ensures your infusion therapy aligns with your unique needs.

Are there potential side effects of cancer infusion, and how are they managed?

Side effects vary depending on the medications used. Dr. Leiva and our attentive team closely monitor patients during infusions and provide prompt care to manage any potential side effects, prioritizing your well-being.

How often will I need cancer infusion treatments?

The frequency of infusion treatments depends on your specific cancer type and treatment plan. Dr. Leiva will provide a detailed schedule tailored to your needs, ensuring a personalized and effective approach to your care.

Can I bring a companion with me during my cancer infusion sessions?

Yes, adult companions are encouraged to support during infusion sessions. We aim to create a comforting and supportive environment for both patients and their companions.

Is cancer infusion covered by insurance, and what financial support options are available?

Many insurance plans cover cancer infusion services. Our dedicated team can assist in navigating insurance coverage, and we offer resources to help manage the financial aspects of your treatment, ensuring accessibility to quality care.