Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be used in combination with other therapies such as radiation, surgery, hormonal therapy, or biological therapy. The type of chemotherapy treatment you are given depends on many things, but particularly:
- The type of cancer
- Where the cancer started in the body
- If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body
Located on the first floor of Winona Health near the Internal Medicine, the Chemotherapy and Infusion Department services include:
- This is used to treat autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s Disease.
- Some diseases, such as cancer, can cause the bones to release too much calcium into the bloodstream, a condition called hypercalcemia. Other diseases, such as osteoporosis, break down the structure of the bone. Bisphosphonates bind to bones to prevent or delay skeletal complications. These medications are called Boniva, Reclast, Zometa, and Pamidronate.
- When certain cancer medicines fight your cancer cells, they also lower the number of white blood cells. Colony stimulating factors help speed the recovery of white blood cells after chemotherapy. This will decrease the chance of serious infection. These medications are called Neupogen or Neulasta.
- Also called EPO, Epoetin, Procrit, or Aranesp, these treatments help increase or maintain the red blood cell level by stimulating red blood cell production. Treatments are given for Anemia and blood disorders such as, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, and from damaged cells do to Chemotherapy.
- Iron is important for many functions in the body, especially for the transport of oxygen in the blood. Iron IV medication is given for different types of iron deficiency anemia. These types of deficiencies are generally related to some form of kidney failure or bone marrow problems.
- Therapeutic phlebotomy is a prescribed amount of blood to be withdrawn for medical reasons including diseases called: Hemochromatosis, Polycythemia and Porphyries.
- These medications can be given intravenously for more serious types of infection that are affecting the body systemically. Antibiotics are prescribed for a certain course that is determined by the provider.
- Standard maintenance, including cleaning and sterile dressing changes, for catheter sites.
The department serves the adult population and manages the screening process for all patients needing chemotherapy or infusion services.
Infusion/Chemotherapy is staffed by Dr. Richard Ferris, Oncologist and two registered nurses certified in oncology nursing care, as well as other Winona Health Services providers.
For more information or to make an appointment:
Winona Health, Clinic 1st floor
859 Mankato Avenue
Winona, MN 55987
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
11 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–5 p.m, 7:30–8:30 p.m. Saturday–Sunday