You should continue with your same routine unless told otherwise by your physician. It is usually recommended to eat at least a light breakfast or lunch. Take your regular medications unless told otherwise. You may also need to take anti-nausea medications or steroids prior to your treatment as directed by your physician. [...]
Both of our offices have dedicated infusion centers located within the office itself. Our highly qualified chemotherapy nurses are specially certified and extensively trained to give you the best care while you are receiving chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy is a type of medication used to treat cancer. It is usually given as an intravenous injection but can occasionally be given as a pill. There are many different types of chemotherapeutic drugs used in even more combinations. Your physician will choose the one or a combination that is right for you. [...]
No. If you are being referred for abnormal laboratory values, it is important to have those records available to us during the visit. We draw all labs on site and have instant results on your white blood cell count, hemoglobin and platelets. Other lab work may take 1 day or longer for results. [...]
We always encourage supportive friends and families to accompany you to your visit. There will frequently be a lot of information discussed with you on the first visit and it is helpful to have another person present to write things down or think of other questions related to your care. Of course, we will discuss [...]
The first appointment with your physician may be a long one. So, it helps to have the paperwork filled out prior to coming into the office. You should also have a list of all medications you are taking; this includes both over-the-counter, herbal and prescription drugs. Any physician you see for other reasons should also [...]
Thrombophilia is a condition where a patient is at increased risk for abnormal clotting that can obstruct normal blood flow. These diverse disorders can result in painful swelling in different areas of the body – most commonly the legs or arms – or respiratory distress and chest pain from clots that are thrown off into [...]
Prevention of bleeding is a complex interaction of platelets, the inner lining of veins and capillaries and proteins called coagulation factors. Bleeding can be caused by a reduced number or function of the platelets and coagulation proteins and can be inherited or acquired. Blood tests that measure the number and quality of the platelets and [...]
The complete blood count (CBC) is an automated test that gives a large amount of useful information about all three blood cells. It can often provide clues to many illnesses, including non-hematologic ones, and can also give proper direction to the physician as to what kind of treatment may be necessary.
Anemia is a condition where there is a reduced number of red blood cells. This can be due to either decreased or ineffective production, or a shortened life span. Anemias can either be inherited or acquired as part of some disease.