The doctors in this specialty evaluate and treat a broad range of malignant diseases using chemotherapy and biologic therapy. Led by best-in-field physicians, this department includes nurse practitioners, chemotherapy-certified oncology nurses, nurse navigators trained in oncology and research nurses. You receive this treatment as an outpatient, in a state-of-the-art 24-chair infusion area of the Cancer Center. Infusion stations feature a relaxing reclinable chair for your comfort during treatment. Televisions, free Wi-Fi, DVD players, books and magazines are readily available and a self-serve coffee and tea area for patients and families is easily accessible. The Medical Oncology Inpatient Unit maintains 37 beds, four of which are dedicated to bone marrow transplantation.
Types of Medical Oncology
Chemotherapy. This is a medicine, usually given intravenously (but also can be given in the form of a pill, capsule, liquid or injection), designed to destroy cancer cells in the body.
Biologic Therapy. Biologics are treatments that come from a variety of living cells, which can be yeast, bacteria, plant or animal cells. They are large proteins that are injected into patients either to provide proteins that they no longer have, or to help treat specific diseases. These agents are always injected, because the human digestive tract would destroy them if taken by mouth.
For more information: Cancer Care Teams.