Intravenous Therapy

We offer intravenous therapy, or IV therapy, to help support you through some of the side effects that you may experience as a result of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or immunotherapy. IV therapy is the infusion of liquids directly into a vein. A nurse will insert a small catheter into your vein or port so fluids and/or medications can be administered back into the bloodstream and distributed to all vital cells.

Your IV therapies may include:

  • Fluids to replenish body fluids lost through diarrhea, vomiting, or a loss of appetite
  • Anti-nausea medications to help control and/or prevent these symptoms
  • Injections of growth factors that stimulate bone marrow to produce more red and white blood cells to prevent and manage neutropenia and anemia

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What to expect

If you are going to receive your chemo through an IV (intravenous or IV infusion), you may have a small surgery to put a port in so you won’t have to have an IV needle inserted into a vein every time you have a treatment. A port is a small metal disk about the size of a quarter that sits just under your skin. The port has a tiny tube which is inserted into a large vessel in your body to administer your chemotherapy and your supportive medications. Your port can be used to receive IV fluids, medications and also to draw your labs. Your healthcare team in the chemo infusion suite will discuss your port with you. The port will stay in until you finish treatments or until your doctor determines you no longer need the port, typically this occurs within six months to one year after the end of your treatment. Not all patients will receive a port and some patients may be encouraged to have a port placed in order to help maintain the quality of their veins.
When you arrive for IV therapy, you will come to the chemo (or infusion) room. The room is designed to be warm and welcoming. We have comfortable recliners, blankets, and snacks.
IV therapy can take as little as a few minutes and up to hours.