Chemotherapy, Infusion Therapy & More
What Is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy, sometimes called “chemo,” refers to the use of strong medicines to kill cancer cells. Chemo may be used alone or with other treatments, such as radiation or surgery.
Your care team may recommend chemo:
- Before surgery or radiation to shrink a tumor so it will be smaller and easier to take out, or treat with radiation
- After surgery or radiation to help keep cancer cells from growing and spreading
- If your cancer has spread to other parts of your body
Infusion Therapy Clinic
Enloe’s Infusion Therapy Clinic provides compassionate, high-quality care in a friendly environment. Located inside the Enloe Regional Cancer Center, our specially trained oncology nurses provide:
- Antibiotic treatment infusions; antibiotics are given through an IV line directly into your bloodstream
- Blood transfusions, the process of transferring blood from a donor to a patient
- Bone marrow biopsies
- Chemotherapy treatment
- Intraperitoneal therapy
- Intravenous hydration
- And phlebotomies
If you’re in need of care, you’re in good hands. We’ve earned accolades for our cancer care.
Immunotherapy, Targeted Therapy & Hormone Therapy
In addition to chemotherapy, there are other types of anti-cancer medications that your medical oncologist might use to fight your cancer. Learn more below.
Immunotherapy utilizes parts of a person’s immune system to fight cancer. This can happen in a few general ways:
- The treatment can boost your immune system’s natural defenses to make it work harder to locate and destroy cancer cells.
- Or artificial substances can be created to restore, or improve the way your immune system works.
Targeted therapy is a type of precision medicine that uses proteins to control how cells grow, divide and spread. Most targeted therapies are monoclonal antibodies. They are designed to:
- Mark cancer cells so they will be better seen and destroyed by the immune system
- Interfere with how cancer cells grow
- Carry toxins to cancer cells
Hormone therapy, meanwhile, slows the growth of types of cancer that use hormones to grow. There are two main types of hormone therapy:
- Treatment that blocks the body’s ability to produce hormones
- And treatment that interrupts the way hormones act in the body
A Relaxing Environment
To help you feel at ease during treatment, our oncology clinic overlooks a soothing garden.