Treatment

Chemotherapy

If your Consultant decides that chemotherapy or supportive treatments are appropriate for you, you will be invited to attend a pre-chemotherapy assessment in either the Chemotherapy Day Unit, or in the 5th floor inpatient facility. The location will depend upon whether you can be treated as a day case patient, or whether you will need to stay in hospital overnight for your treatment.

This appointment will include a physical assessment, blood tests and information regarding the drugs you will be receiving and their side effects. You will be given written information to take away with you and you will have the opportunity to ask questions both at the pre-chemotherapy assessment and at each appointment thereafter.

Your chemotherapy appointments will be booked by the nursing or receptionist staff in both areas and you should expect to see your Consultant on the day of each new cycle of treatment. We provide an excellent support team of specialist nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, a hospital Chaplain, a Counselling Psychologist and complementary therapists.

You will be referred to the relevant members of the team as required. For further details, please see our Additional Services page.

Before being discharged you will be given medication to take home, your next appointment and contact numbers for both departments should you need to contact the hospital when you are at home. It is not uncommon for patients to need to seek advice.