Simmons Cancer Institute is staffed by oncology certified nurses specializing in chemotherapy preparation and administration. They are here to assist you and provide the support you need throughout your treatment. Compassionate care, state-of-the-art training and extraordinary support are the standard at Simmons Cancer Institute.
Our infusion center is located in the same location as your oncologist. For your convenience, a Memorial Center Lab is located in the facility. Our physicians are on site and available in the event of an emergency. We work closely with your care providers to ensure on-going patient care, education and support for you and your family.
The certified chemotherapy nurses in the infusion center provide a full range of care including but not limited to the following:
- Chemotherapy administration
- Bladder instillations
- IV Iron
- IV fluid administration
Treatment at our facility is individualized to each patient’s condition. Our pharmacist and pharmacy technicians work closely with the nursing staff to ensure quality and safety of each treatment.
All patients beginning chemotherapy treatment will be scheduled an appointment for chemotherapy education. This session typically lasts one hour and takes place prior to your first treatment. This appointment includes information specific to your treatment. It also includes information on the following:
- Medication you will receive
- Side effects
- Treatment cycles
- Nutritional needs
- What to expect at your first treatment
All patients are encouraged to bring a family member to the education session. You will be provided with written material to take home.
Our Infusion Facility
We want to make your appointment as efficient and comfortable as possible. We ask that you bring only one family member with you to your treatment. Due to the type of treatments we administer, and the health of others receiving treatment, children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the infusion center. All seating has television access and Wi-Fi. You may bring your personal laptop or hand-held devices for entertainment during your visit. Depending upon the length of your treatment, you may want to bring snacks or lunch. Please let the nursing staff know if you have special needs or requests. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
When should I call the doctor?
During your chemotherapy education appointment, the nurse will discuss specific conditions to watch for based on your treatment. Here are a few conditions that require notification to your doctor.
- A fever of 100.5 or higher
- Diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours
- Vomiting lasting longer than 24 hours
- New pain or pain that is not controllable
- Any condition you may be experiencing that is specific to your treatment regimen that requires intervention
Simmons Cancer Institute Hours
- Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
- If you call after normal business hours, you will be directed to the Resident or Attending Physician on-call
Memorial Medical Center Laboratory Hours
- Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm