• Hello, has anyone ever had to go to the hospital for their first injection of chemotherapy?

    Asked by datmexicanjay on Friday, September 28, 2012

    Hello, has anyone ever had to go to the hospital for their first injection of chemotherapy?

    We were under the impression that chemotherapy was outpatient. What could the reason for this be?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Hard to say without knowing the particular (e.g. what drugs, what facilities are available, are other procedures being done at the same time). It can still be done at a hospital as an outpatient. They may just have the most convenient facilities for giving chemo treatments. Chemo generally is through infusions, which can take several hours to administer, not injection. Some treatments are continuous for 24 or more hours.

      over 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Most of the time chemo is done in an infusion center that is either part of a hospital or Oncologists office. This is for two main reasons. First they want to monitor you during chemo to insure you do not have a real bad reaction (not something that happens very often) or that you do not get too dehydrated. Second, the drugs have to be mixed by a trained pharmacist and are often hazardous to non chemo patients so not any one can administer them. That being said chemo is an out patient treatment since it is done in one day and you go home at the end of chemo (usually 2 to 10 hours).

      over 8 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      My cancer center is inside a hospital. This is where I go get all my chemo treatments. It's still done as outpatient. I arrive at 8 am and leave by 4:30 or 5:00 pm. :)

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Not my first treatment, but only once I had a treatment in the hospital. I had a bone marrow biopsy done at the hospital, and it was the day I was to have chemo, they kept me there and done it overnight. Only time for me.

      over 8 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar

      Certain chemo drugs can give a bad reaction so they give you the drug by injection first to see how you will react. They did this with bleomycin for me. It gave me comfort to know they would take this precaution.

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I am being treat Columbia Presbyterian Hospital which has an out patient chemotherapy infusion center. Many hospitals do. They also administer follow up injections, blood work, etc. If you live near the hospital it can as convenient if not more so then being treated somewhere else. No matter what you are being treated for the first one or two infusions have much more cautious protocol, this is because they want to make sure that you are tolerating the treatment. I know my first infusion the drip was set for twice as long as normal, and they waited about 10 min between starting new drugs - 3 pre-treatment drugs -anti nausea, steroids, and benadryl, and two specific chemo drugs.

      over 8 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      When I was diagnosed, my oncologist wanted to check me in for a hospital stay that very day. He wanted them to get all of the initial tests and procedures done right away, and would have meant in a three day span, I would have had:

      1. Bone marrow biopsy
      2. Lumbar puncture
      3. PET Scan
      4. Port placement
      5. First chemo round

      It was all too much for me, so I opted to go back home. The doctor said okay.. and in the next week I had all of the procedures done on short stay basis at the hospital. No overnight stays.

      In my case, the cancer was aggressive and he wanted to start right away. In your case, I'm not sure why he would recommend it. I guess there could be many factors like your general condition or therapy they're going to use.

      In retrospect, I think I would have enjoyed having my own room for chemo, but I don't think they would keep it that way anyways. I'm sure someone at my insurance company is pulling their hair out over my file as it is.

      over 8 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar

      I had to stay in the hospital for my first treatment just to see how if react and so if something was wrong I could get help quickly because I live an hour from the hospital

      over 8 years ago

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