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Biological Therapy

Biological therapy targets work with your immune system to target cancer cells, unlike traditional chemotherapy, which kills dividing cells (whether normal or cancerous).
 
Biological therapy takes place at the Anne Tanenbaum Chemotherapy Centre on the 8th floor in the General site of the hospital. Before your first biological therapy session, you will be asked to attend a new patient orientation in the Nanji Academic Centre (ground floor). This orientation will prepare you for treatment, introduce you to your health care team and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

Preparing for your biological therapy treatment

What to expect

  • You will receive education on your first visit to the oncology clinic from the oncology pharmacist/nurse. A folder containing useful information will be given to you at the new patient orientation session.
  • You will need to have blood drawn in the outpatient lab on the 4th floor, the day before you begin hormone therapy.
  • You will need to register at the chemotherapy centre when you arrive for your treatment.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time.
  • The length of your visit will vary depending on the treatment you will be receiving.

What you need to bring

  • Your health card
  • Food/beverages
  • Books or other entertainment while you wait or are receiving treatment

Questions for your medical oncologist

  • How will my treatment help me?
  • What are the benefits and risks involved with the specific treatment I am receiving?
  • What are the some of the side effects I may experience and when would they typically begin? How are they managed?
  • How will the treatment affect my daily activities or work schedule?
  • Are there any special instructions I should follow before, during, and after each biological treatment?

Please contact the Anne Tanenbaum Chemotherapy Centre if you have any questions or concerns regarding biological therapy.

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