Before Your Treatment

Preparing for Treatment

  • Drink plenty of water the day before and the morning of treatment.
  • Eat a good breakfast.
  • Wear comfortable, warm clothing. Dressing in layers is also a good idea.
  • You can bring electronic devices such as tablets or laptops for games or movies. Please bring headphones for anything with sound.
  • Books/ magazines/e-readers.
  • You may bring snacks/lunch/water or other beverage if you will be at the facility all day, or through lunchtime.

What to Expect

  • Prior to treatment, patients will see a provider (either Dr. Donna Walker or Emily Bertsch, NP) to discuss recent blood work, imaging and to check in with how they are feeling.
  • The pharmacist and nurses will review the chemotherapy or other treatment orders.
  • An RN will obtain IV access either via a peripheral vein in the arm or an implanted port-a-cath.
  • You will likely see other patients arriving and leaving as their treatments begin and end.
  • At the end of treatment, prior to leaving, the patient will receive information about their next appointment and any blood work or imaging orders.

Who to Bring

  • We encourage patients to have a good support system and we are happy to have family or friends accompany patients to their appointments. 
  • Due to space limitations, and to ensure comfort and privacy of all patient, we do ask that patients only bring one support person into the treatment area. A comfortable waiting room is available for any additional visitors.
  • In order to decrease the spread of illness and protect our patients, children younger than age 12 may not accompany patients into the treatment area.