Infusion Therapy Services Joan Knechel Cancer Center
Infusion therapy means introducing a fluid into a vein either by injection or intravenous access. A person may need infusion therapy, for example, in the case of blood transfusion, antibiotic therapy or hydration. Chemotherapy is administered in the same manner, using chemical substances or drugs, primarily to treat various forms of cancer. There are a number of chronic illnesses that also require infusion therapy to help the patient maintain a quality of life.
Hackettstown Regional Medical Centers Infusion Therapy Services also specializes in Hematology, or the study of diseases of blood, both malignant and non-malignant. Examples of blood disease may include leukemia, lymphoma, anemia, excessive bleeding, and/or clotting.
The Joan Knechel Cancer Center at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center is an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvanias Cancer Network. Our affiliation provides access to clinical trials, educational support and a referral source to a NCI (National Cancer Institute) designated facility.
For more information about Infusion Therapy and Hematology, please call (908) 441-1500.
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Infusion therapy is the process of administering to an individual chemotherapy, fluid, blood/blood product, antibiotics or various other drug regimens directly into the bloodstream via intravenous access.
Infusion Therapy Services at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center is an outpatient facility that provides care for individuals requiring treatment of oncology, hematology and non-cancer related diagnoses. Most treatment protocols requirement a number of treatments given over a period of several times a week for several weeks. Our professional and compassionate staff will guide you through your appointments and seek to make you as comfortable as possible during treatments.
Infusion Therapy Services
Our highly trained professional staff, including medical oncologists, hematologists and oncology/ infusion therapy registered nurses maintains close coordination and communication with your physician throughout the prescribed course of treatment to provide comprehensive care, including the following services:
- Chemotherapy Administration
- Chemotherapy education
- Blood Transfusions
- Platelet transfusions
- Chemotherapy administration
- Antibiotic administration
- Central line care
- Central line education and self-care training
Infusion Therapy Center
Our team of highly skilled oncology nurses staff provide compassionate care to all patients in need of short or long-term infusion. The Infusion Center is a service of the Joan Knechel Cancer Center. The Center has modern, state-of-the-art equipment with a treatment area that is bright, comfortable and easily visible by the nurses for close observation.
For our patients comfort, the infusion room includes:
- Comfortable reclining chairs
- Individual patient televisions
- Educational brochures and books
- Portable DVD players
In our commitment to provide the highest level of patient care, the Joan Knechel Cancer Center
participates in clinical trials. A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific questions about vaccines or new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials (also called medical research and research studies) are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work.
Coordination of Care
The Joan Knechel Cancer Center provides a comprehensive coordination of care for all patients and their families. Each patient is treated as an individual to meet his or her specific needs. Our goal is to ensure the highest standard of care and in doing so it is our obligation to stay in communication with the various healthcare providers a patient has to make certain all providers of care are up to date on the condition of their patient.
The Infusion Therapy Team also provides:
- Patient assessment and evaluations
- Educational and instructional materials for patients and their family members
- Procuring specimens for lab testing
- Participating in ongoing utilization reviews with the primary physician to
promote the best treatment outcomes
- Treatment and utilization reports, Progress Notes and Discharge Summaries for the primary physician
The Joan Knechel Cancer Center provides access to a variety of support services on-site including a dedicated Oncology Social Worker. In addition to a highly skilled oncology social services staff, the center further provides various support groups which meet on a Monthly basis.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call (908) 441-1500.