Day Therapy is located on Level 1, a wide range of treatments for cancer are given depending on the type of cancer, what stage that cancer is at and the individual person’s health in general.

Radiation therapy is the use of high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. Modern Radiation therapy techniques focus on accurately and precisely targeting the cancer whilst sparing the normal body organs around the cancer as much as possible.

Patients and their families and friends are welcome to attend the weekly session “Chemotherapy and You” on Wednesdays from 10 – 11:30am in the Living Room. It includes a tour of Integrative medicine and Day Therapy. It is good opportunity to ask questions and have time to digest the overwhelming amount of information given. If you can’t make it, watch the video  “Chemotherapy and You“. Pick up a Day Therapy Pack from the Clinics or day therapy reception.

Checking in to day therapy

Whatever clinic you attend in Lifehouse, make sure you check in at reception first before sitting down. When a nurses are  available , they  will call you when your treatment is ready, or ring you on your mobile if you have left  your number with reception.

What treatments are given in day therapy?

In Day Therapy on Level 1 , a wide range of treatments for cancer are given depending on the type of cancer, what stage that cancer is at and the individual person’s health in general. There are many types of cancer and many types of treatment. Treatment for cancer is no longer just “chemotherapy”, but can be targeted therapy, immunotherapy  or hormonal therapy . Sometimes appointments are made for blood transfusions, blood products and other therapies to support people through the side effects if required.

How is it given?

Some treatments are as short as one quick injection under the skin, other treatments use a “drip” through a vein or an implanted access device.. These “drips” may  consist of drugs to prevent nausea, drugs to prevent some side effects, and may be  between one to four chemotherapy drugs, depending on the “protocol” or order,  of that treatment.

How long will it take?

Treatment  can take any where from half an hour to two hours  up to eight hours. Some treatments continue over night in hospital over a number of days, and some treatments are delivered through a take home pump.

Checking for your safety

There are many many factors which influence the timeliness of the delivery of your Day Therapy treatment. We recommend that you do not make any other appointments on your treatment day except appointments with your doctor or integrative medicine  at Lifehouse.

Blood tests

All  treatments require a blood test that is checked before your treatment , and treatment decisions based on the results take care and time. It is recommended that blood tests are taken the day before treatment, and if distance is an issue, the nurse in Day Therapy can give you a pathology request form (blood collecting service) closer to home.

Can I drive or take public transport?

Many people bring themselves to and from treatment, however it is recommended that you always have a Plan B , and that on Day One you have someone with you for support.. The Day Therapy nurses know and understand this and are there to support you on your first day whether someone comes with you or not. There is parking underneath the building.

Preparing for day therapy treatment

Have a good night’s sleep. Turn off all screens an hour before bed and have a warm milk and honey or a herbal tea. Read, listen to relaxing music and know that you are in one of the best treatment centres in the world.

Start drinking fluids such as water, diluted fruit juice or cordial. This helps to plump up the veins and protect the kidneys which filter the therapies out of the body when finished. It is recommended that all people having day therapy drink  2 – 3 litres of fluid on the day of treatment, and for two days after to flush out  the treatment , unless your doctor has told you something different.

Eat normally before treatment. Have breakfast and take your regular medication including any pre-medication  prescribed by your Medical Oncologist.

During Therapy

You may bring your own food with you, buy something at the Lifehouse Café or have sandwiches provided to your treatment lounge chair, by our volunteers. Our volunteers  will also provide you with a Sony  entertainment tablet which has  TV, Radio and  WiFi. We can draw the blinds, dim the lights, recline the  lounge chair  and you can sleep with a warm blanket during treatment if you prefer.

After treatment  in day therapy.

You may have been given tablets by our pharmacists. If you have any nausea (“feeling sick”), take your tablet. You may prefer to have a light dinner, or soup for dinner. Take any tablets prescribed to you over the next days. If  your nausea is not relieved by the tablets, if you feel unwell, or if you can’t drink any drinks call the Day Therapy nurse  on 8514 0021 8:30am  -5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

When to come to hospital

  • If you have a fever 38° C or over,
  • Cannot drink fluids because of nausea or vomiting
  • Are losing too much fluid from diarrhoea
  • OR if you are in Immunotherapy and have
  • Sudden extreme tiredness
  • Two episodes of diarrhoea
  • Or any of the above

Call the day therapy nurse 8514 0021 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm

Or

After hours go immediately to your nearest emergency department.

Call the on-call oncology registrar 8514 0000

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