About infusion therapy
Infusion therapy involves administering medication intravenously (IV). Intravenous therapy delivers liquid medication directly into the bloodstream via a thin needle or a catheter, which is a safe and effective method that enables us to treat patients quickly. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, we offer several types of infusion therapies. We also utilize infusion to deliver other treatments, such as antibiotics and pain medications, to help keep our patients strong and comfortable as they battle cancer.
Infusion Therapy Reviews
"For the first time since the discovery of my Multiple Myeloma (a blood-borne cancer) in October 2013, my energy, mobility, and spirit was enough to visit the Rally The Valley set up on Saturday in Sayre Park. Pushing a “licensed” wheeled-walker through the grass, it was obvious that much caring and thought had been put into the total event. Booths for information, for support, for Peyton, for food…nourishment of all kinds! Despite only staying from 10:15 to 11:00, my husband and I were very impressed! Currently, once every week many of us must be at Calaway-Young Cancer Center for chemo/radiation regimens. Each time, the incredible life-saving and comforting efforts of the Integrative Therapies team are available to us. Some of these services range from specific salves and items, equipment advice, tension-relieving massages…all given with heart-warming smiles, endless hugs, and even healing hands in several personal crisis situations. With the support of the Calaway-Young team, my life with cancer isn’t overwhelming anymore like it was in 2013/2014. Instead it is full of caring, cheers, tiny miracles, and hope! Thank goodness we have this fine facility and team to help us cancer fighters and survivors! Mountains of gratitudes also to the quiet folks of the Roaring Fork Foundation; you’ve given me the financial support to live and love!"- A.S. / Office Visit / Sep 22, 2015
"Thank you so much for everything you do, caring hands that help to heal. I am especially grateful for all the friendships I have made through my treatment! Bless you all."- A.S. / Office Visit / Nov 03, 2015
"I would like to thank the whole team at the Valley View Cancer Center for their caring support, special attention and medical services during [my husband’s] last months while he battled this disease. Your kindness and loving attention made it easier and we will be eternally grateful. My husband wanted for me to bring these flowers as a small token of the immense appreciation he had for this group of incredible human beings and professionals. God bless you all and may you continue to touch people’s lives and bring them support as you did for us."- M.D. / Office Visit / Nov 08, 2016
"Thank you for your kindness, support, empathy, and compassion. I could not have made the progress I have made without your kind words and encouragement. My life has changed with your encouragement and gentle touch. Thank you doesn't really seem enough to say for your kindness. Thanks."- F.C. / Office Visit / Dec 02, 2019
"After filling out the assorted evaluations on my experiences at Valley View Hospital, I decided to go right to the top with my praise. I recently completed my chemotherapy treatment at your Calaway Young Cancer Center and have nothing but high praise and the utmost regard for the whole staff; they made me feel as if it was my private hospital and they were there solely for my benefit I started my battle with head/neck cancer in Portland, Oregon. I then came to Valley View for the second stage of treatment. While my treatment was solid and correct in Portland, the patient experience at Valley View is unmatched. Under the care of both [radiation] and [medical oncology] I immediately felt more involved, more informed, and hence, more confident in my chances. Fortunately for me, my cancer was treatable and curable. With cancer one must not only battle the invasion of one’s body, but deal with the constant mental battle as well. Believe me, I can now see why so many patients easily give up or get overwhelmed by their situation. Your staff and their amazing approach brought another layer of strength and comfort during the process. The coordination and communication between departments is outstanding; everyone seems to be on the same page. Even the non-medical personnel have been outstanding: chaplain, social services, and wellness to but name a few. Your patient centered philosophy certainly brings strength and comfort to those dealing with a life changing experience. At the end of the day one does not want to feel alone when one’s mortality comes into play. Thanks to Valley View, I can now begin working on gaining weight, building my strength, and quietly slip back into society with a greater appreciation for the rising and setting of each day’s sun. I will be forever grateful and a strong advocate of you team and its mission."- J.H. / Office Visit / May 22, 2017
Types of Infusion therapies
Calaway·Young Cancer Center offers the following infusion therapies:
- PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T) is a prescription drug that is used to treat advanced prostate cancer. This is a unique treatment as it utilizes a patient's own immune cells to stimulate their immune system to seek out and attack cancer cells. This is considered activation immunotherapy as it prompts the immune system to defend itself by fighting against foreign bodies, like cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy is a treatment that utilizes anti-cancer drugs to target cancer cells to prevent them from dividing and spreading. There are many different types of drugs used for chemotherapy, and oftentimes, patients receive a combination of several different medications within their treatment regimen.
- PAXMAN Scalp Cooling is an innovative treatment that utilizes a cooling system and a specialized head cap (hat-like device) to aid in the prevention of hair loss (alopecia). Cooling technology is emitted from the PAXMAN machine to target and save hair follicles in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Although this is not administered via an IV, it's often combined with infusion therapy.
Benefits and risks?
The risks will vary as each infusion therapy is different. Side effects will also depend on the type(s) of drugs used, dosage, frequency, and your unique biological makeup. With the PAXMAN system, common side effects may include cold discomfort, forehead pain, and headaches. With PROVENGE, popular symptoms may include chills, fever, back pain, nausea, joint pain, headache, and fatigue. With chemotherapy, side effects can range from mild to severe and may include but are not limited to vomiting, nausea, hair loss, and fatigue.
If your medical and radiation oncologists or urologist is recommending these treatment forms, it's because they believe the side effects far outweigh the potential benefit of eradicating your cancer. Although these treatments create uncomfortable side effects, with today's modern medicine, these symptoms are very manageable.
Our Infusion Team
Our infusion team consists of highly trained and experienced cancer nurses who are certified in chemotherapy and biotherapy. You can rest assured that you are in good hands as we are here to provide personalized patient care throughout your cancer journey. All of our infusion therapies are delivered on-site in our state-of-the-art facility, which overlooks the beautiful mountain scenery of Glenwood Springs. Our goal at Calaway·Young Cancer Center is to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible and create a peaceful environment that feels more like a spa rather than a hospital.
The Calaway·Young Cancer Center is pleased to offer multiple infusion therapy treatments to the men and women of Colorado. We take great pride in our patient care and are committed to upholding the highest standard in cancer therapy. If you or your loved one is interested in learning more, call Calaway·Young Cancer Center today.