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.
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.