Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, & Hormone Therapy
When your doctor recommends one or more medications for cancer, stay in your community for treatment at Johnston Health. You’ll get expert care in chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or hormone therapy thanks in part to our affiliation with Duke University Medical Center.
Chemotherapy kills cancer cells anywhere in your body. You’ll likely receive this treatment intravenously (through a vein).
Support During Chemotherapy
Ask your nurses for advice on managing chemotherapy’s side effects—such as nausea or loss of appetite—through medicines, nutrition counseling, and other tools.
Immunotherapy, or biotherapy, fights cancer by using your own immune system. This treatment can help your body more strongly battle cancer, or make it easier for your immune system to find and kill cancer cells.
Your doctor may recommend immunotherapy depending on your genetics and type of cancer. You’ll probably get this treatment, like chemotherapy, through a vein.
Your Comfort During Treatment
Count on your care team to help you feel comfortable during chemotherapy or immunotherapy at Johnston Health Hematology & Oncology Centers in Clayton and Smithfield. You’ll appreciate:
- Heated blankets
- Bedroom for times you’re not feeling well
Expect each of your treatment sessions to last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
Hormone therapy starves tumors of the hormones they need to grow. You may receive this treatment as pills you swallow to treat breast cancer or prostate cancer.
Rest assured you’ll be in the qualified hands of professionals such as:
- Board-certified medical oncologists (cancer doctors) from Duke University Medical Center
- Oncology Certified Nurses
- Nurses specially trained in chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy