Medical oncology care and outpatient infusion are provided by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on the third floor of the Cancer Center, where patients have check-ups and confer with their medical oncologist (doctor who specializes in cancer) and oncology nurse.
- Care is managed by oncologists and nurse practitioners from Harbor Medical Associates, who have joined the Dana-Farber staff and also hold appointments at South Shore Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
- Infusion services include chemotherapy, as well as additional medications and treatments (such as hydration).
- Patients receive infusion in private or semi-private “bays.” Sessions last between one and several hours and are generally given at one- to three-week intervals. Complimentary snacks are available, and lunch is offered to patients receiving treatment at mid-day.
Chemotherapy is a treatment that can help eliminate cancer cells or prevent them from multiplying in the body. Chemotherapy is generally administered by infusion, but might come in other forms, such as a pill (oral chemotherapy).
The medical oncology unit includes a pharmacy, where pharmacists prepare and dispense chemotherapy and other medications, and serve on our care team. To enhance patient safety, they use advanced technologies, such as a computerized ordering system and bar-coded medications. Pharmacists are available to answer questions, but the pharmacy is unable to fill personal prescriptions.
A Harbor Medical Associates laboratory on the third floor analyzes blood and other samples, with rapid turnaround of results.