Our goal is to make your appointment go as safely and smoothly as possible, and we want you to know what to expect so you can plan accordingly. As we strive to provide the best cancer treatments, nothing is more important to us than your child's safety and comfort.
Several steps are needed to make your child's chemotherapy just right:
Step 1: The doctor orders the chemotherapy based on your child's examination and laboratory results on the day of your appointment.
Step 2: The doctor’s orders are reviewed by the nurse and sent to the pharmacy.
Step 3: The pharmacist reviews the order for accuracy and completeness and enters the order into the computer system. The computer
system generates a label that will be attached to your child's chemotherapy.
Step 4: The technician reviews the label and gathers the supplies needed to make your child's chemotherapy. The technician then puts the chemotherapy in a bag or syringe and adds the label.
Step 5: The pharmacist checks the chemotherapy for accuracy and completeness.
Step 6: The nurse picks up the chemotherapy from the pharmacy, performs the final check and administers the chemotherapy.
Special Note: Making one dose of chemotherapy can take between 20 and 40 minutes, depending upon the type of chemotherapy. Some drugs are powders and need time to dissolve. Also, many patients receive multiple drugs at one time.
Your chemotherapy is made just for YOU! Unfortunately, your child's caregivers cannot make it ahead of time because the ingredients in the medicine are based on how your child is doing the day of your appointment. The process does take time, and we appreciate your patience.
Thank you for choosing the Pediatric Infusion Center at the Studer Family Children's Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart!
If you have any questions about our services, please call 850-416-4941.