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Infusion Center

Designed with your needs in mind, the Infusion Center at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Philadelphia, was built as a calming environment that inspires relaxation. If chemotherapy is part of your cancer treatment plan, you will receive your treatments in the Infusion Center at our hospital. Our staff and nurses assist with your care and help make you as comfortable as possible.

The Infusion Center team at CTCA® Philadelphia is staffed by registered nurses and patient care technicians. The team works together to make sure you are comfortable and get what you need during your visit.

Every nurse in the Infusion Center is chemotherapy-certified. Several are also oncology-certified. The others are all currently studying to become oncology-certified nurses.

The team collaborates regularly with the other hospital departments, including inpatient nursing, outpatient accommodations, care management and pain management.

Infusion Center services

The Infusion Center provides a variety of services, including:

  • Pre-medications (e.g., anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory)
  • Chemotherapy medications
  • General IV fluids
  • Antibiotics
  • Blood products
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)

When you arrive at the Infusion Center for your first chemotherapy treatment, an infusion nurse will give you a brief tour and bring you to an infusion bay. At the infusion bay, you will find:

  • Private chairs with your own TV and a chair for a caregiver 
  • Rooms that are sometimes available if you seek more privacy or need to rest during treatment
  • Infusion staff members who will take your vital signs, offer you a heated blanket, drinks or snack, and make sure you are comfortable (You may also order meals through the hospital’s café that will be brought to your chair.)
  • Access to additional supportive care services (For instance, you may decide you would like to see your naturopathic oncology provider, dietitian or spiritual counselor. Scheduling appointments in the Infusion Center is a good way to use your time and may help you relax during treatment.)

How is chemotherapy administered?

If you are receiving intravenous chemotherapy, the length of the infusion will depend on your specific treatment regimen, including the type and amount of drugs you are receiving. Your nurse will be able to relay that information to you during your first treatment. If your regimen changes, the timeframe may change, as well.

An infusion nurse will conduct a short assessment upon your arrival. Depending on what your medical oncologist has prescribed, you will receive pre-medications to prevent reactions and help reduce side effects. After the pre-medications, your nurse will begin administering your chemotherapy.

If you need IV fluids or nutrition, this may be accomplished in the Infusion Center, as well. IV fluids may last between four to eight hours.

Speed of care and safety protocols

Before each visit to the Infusion Center, you will have lab work completed to make sure your blood counts are within an acceptable range to receive chemotherapy. With the hospital’s electronic health records system, lab results are automatically delivered to the Infusion Center in real time.

The chemotherapy is prepared by the Infusion Center Pharmacy, which helps improve turnaround times for our patients. The Infusion Center abides by the Oncology Nursing Society guidelines for administering chemotherapy. Every nurse on the team has had appropriate training in handling chemotherapy agents. Your nurses will double-check your arm band, your oncologist’s chemotherapy orders and other important aspects of your care.

Hours

The Infusion Center is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and is closed on weekends.

Where we are located


CTCA Philadelphia

Infusion Center
1331 E. Wyoming Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19124

New Patients:888-552-6760
Existing Patients:(215) 607-CTCA

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