Treating haematology/blood disorder conditions may require chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and/or supportive cares such as blood products and bone strengtheners.
- You might take a tablet or medicine orally (swallow). This can sometimes be collected by your local pharmacy after having an appointment with your doctor.
- It may be given intravenously as an injection over a short period of time or as an infusion over a longer period of time. For these treatments you come into the Blood and Cancer centre for part of the day.
- In some cases, for intravenous treatments, you will have a small needle put into your hand or arm for the treatment and it will be removed before you go home.
- In some cases people require a type of line in their veins that remains in there for the duration of their treatment. These are called central lines.
- Sometimes several different drugs are given, one after the other, as a part of your treatment regimen.
- Some people may require supportive treatments alongside their treatment, such as blood transfusions or bone strengthening treatment.
- Some treatments, but not all, can make you feel sick. You will be given medication to stop this from happening.
- Some people need to be admitted to hospital to have their haematology treatments. Some people need to be admitted to hospital between their treatments. You will be taught what signs or symptoms you need to monitor for in yourself that may require you to come to hospital.
You will see a doctor or nurse prior to having your treatment, each time you come in. They will assess your symptoms and how you felt after your last treatment.
You will be required to have regular blood tests throughout treatment to monitor that they are at a good level to proceed with your next treatment.
You will be given information about your treatment and you will be given contact numbers of who you can call if you have questions or concerns throughout treatment.