Mombu 2015-12-08 16:59:33
I have been researching info on that Chemo drug Taxol and at this point
have no idea which one my oncologist will be using on me. However, I
noticed the posters seemed to state they got their treatments in a
hospital setting. My oncologist says mine will be intravenous and his
nurse will give the Chemo to me in his office. Is this the way it is
normally done? I am on blood pressure medication and sure don’t need it
dropping too low after I get home like some have stated. My spouse will
be with me in case they have to give me meds which make me too sleepy to
drive but I wonder how they can monitor any side effects if I am sent
home right after the treatment each time. I already have joint pain
from arthritis and am concerned about this side effect of Taxol if that
is what he decides to use.
I guess I just have to trust that my oncologist will know and do what is
right for me but ignorance has never been bliss for me when it comes to
my medical problems. My body is very sensitive to all drugs. Any
additional advice you can give me to help understand this better will be
much appreciated. Thanks so much!
Tim jackson 2015-12-08 16:59:37
It is normal to go home right after chemo. It is a good idea to have
someone drive you, while you might feel well enough to drive afterwards, you
can’t be sure, especially the first time before you know how your body will
react.. The sort of side effects they need to monitor for are either things
which happen very quickly such as a reaction to the infusion, or very
slowly, such as falling blood counts, and neither require you to remain
under observation straight after chemo.
All primary chemo involves an intravenous infusion (a ‘drip’) of some sort.
Some can be of quite long duration, several hours. My wife’s first Taxol
went rather slowly for various medical and administrative reasons and I
ended up collecting her from the ward at 1am! Here in the UK as far as I
know it is always done in a hospital setting, partly because drugs such as
Taxol need to be made up within 24 hours of use, so the chemo ward needs to
be close to the pharmacy, also because they always do a blood test before
starting a chemo session to make sure the white counts are adequate.
Alexandra koff 2015-12-08 16:59:42
Outpatient chemo clinics are very common, they have RNs, Labs, and onsite
pharmacy. They have all the benefits of a clinic in a hospital, without
being exposed to nasty bugs and viruses that hospital patients have.
Alexandra koff 2015-12-08 17:00:00
Do you live in a rural area? ( I hate to say this, but it is much more cost
effective to give chemo to 4-6 patients at once than one patient at a time,
therefore these clinics came about.That may account for the need to do it
in the office.) His nurse may work in the office and clinic?
Otherwise I would ask the doctor to give you the chemo in an outpatient
Mombu 2015-12-08 17:00:08
No, in fact I live in a large southern city but his office is in the
suburbs. We have many out-patient clinics which I have used for other
procedures and that is why I was confused about the doctor stating he
does the chemo in his own office. However, it seems it is not unusual
for this to be done from other replies I have gotten so I guess it is