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Cancer Critical Care Treatment Information
Cancer treatment and services provided by Critical Care include:
- Chemotherapy. You continue to receive chemotherapy after being admitted into Critical Care. Your treatment is delivered to you right at your bed. We collaborate closely with oncologists so your treatment continues, and any side effects or complications are managed quickly.
- Pain management. Many different types of cancer cause pain. We manage pain through the use of pain medicines taken orally or through intravenous therapy (IV). We also administer palliative chemotherapy and radiation that control pain caused by cancer tumors or growths. We work with you to ensure your pain is properly managed so you experience as few side effects as possible.
- Respiratory support. Certain types of cancer and cancer treatments affect your lung function, preventing your cells from getting the oxygen they need. You may be attached to a ventilator machine that breathes for you by pumping oxygen-rich air directly into your trachea, the airway in your throat. You use a ventilator one of two ways. The first is through a tracheostomy, an incision in the front of your neck into your trachea. A tube is placed through the tracheostomy from the ventilator. This procedure is better for patients who need long-term respiratory support. The second way is through endotracheal intubation, in which a tube is run through your nose or mouth directly into your trachea.
- Blood transfusions. Many cancer patients experience bleeding as a result of their cancer or anemia due to cancers of organs that keep cells in the blood. For some cancers that affect your bone marrow, such as leukemia, you may also need blood transfusions to keep your blood count high. We offer blood transfusions within Critical Care at your bedside if you are experiencing anemia or low blood count due to your cancer. Blood transfusions are also used after cancer surgeries to replace blood lost during the procedure.
- Parenteral nutrition. You may need extra nutrition delivered straight into your bloodstream through intravenous therapy (IV). If you are receiving respiratory support, you may not be able to eat normally. Cancers that affect your digestive system may also keep you from absorbing the nutrients, carbohydrates, fats and proteins your body needs. Parenteral nutrition helps your body remain stable when you are in Critical Care.
- Intravenous antibiotics. Cancer treatments often leave your immune system weak, making you susceptible to infections. We give antibiotics intravenously, meaning through an IV, straight into your bloodstream. Antibiotics target bacteria, killing them to get rid of your infection. Intravenous antibiotics work more effectively for serious infections than antibiotic pills.
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Cancer Critical Care Support Services
Cancer treatment varies greatly from person to person. Find out more about your specific type of cancer and possible treatment options by going to the websites below.
A Sampling of Cancer Critical Care Support Services
American Cancer Society
Visit the American Cancer Society to learn about specific cancers and their treatments. You can also access support and other resources for cancer patients and survivors.
National Cancer Institute
This government website hosts the latest news and research on cancer and allows you to search for cancer clinical trials.