When you need infusion therapy
Providers often prescribe pills when patients get sick. Oral medications work well for a lot of diseases and conditions.
But sometimes an illness can't be treated with a pill--it requires something called infusion therapy.
This treatment typically involves giving medicines, nutrition or fluids intravenously--through a needle or catheter inserted into a vein. Some medicines may also be injected into a muscle or into membranes around the spine.
Infusion therapy is used for most chemotherapy drugs. It's also a common method for delivering:
• Antiviral and antifungal medicines.
• Pain medications.
• Fluids (to combat dehydration).
• Parenteral nutrition--a special liquid food mixture given to people who can't eat because of an illness or surgery.
Getting infusion therapy at HAMC means you won't be confined to a hospital or have to travel great distances over the course of your treatment.
Between appointments, you'll be able to return home and, as your health allows, carry on with your daily activities, work or school.