Chemotherapy and Infusion Center Services at Scripps
Scripps offers specialized care in a variety of locations for patients with conditions that can be treated with chemotherapy and other infusion therapies. Patients may receive treatment in any Scripps hospital, outpatient infusion center, or in affiliated physicians’ office locations.
All infusions are supervised by physicians and nurses who are specially trained to oversee the unique needs of patients receiving treatment. The ordering physician—often a medical oncologist—develops an individualized plan of care for each patient. Scripps nurses who administer chemotherapy have completed extensive training and education through the Oncology Nursing Society, and many clinical pharmacists at Scripps also have advanced training in chemotherapy preparation and treatment.
Collaborating with other health professionals, the care team provides each patient with a warm, comforting experience, while ensuring the highest quality care.
Hospital infusion services
The following Scripps hospitals offer individualized chemotherapy and infusion services:
- Scripps Green Hospital
- Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
- Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
- Scripps Mercy Hospital
Outpatient infusion center settings
The following outpatient facilities offer chemotherapy and infusion services:
- The Harold A. (Hap) Simpson Cancer Treatment Room is located at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. It is a state-of-the-art facility with views of the Pacific ocean, in a serene and tastefully decorated setting.
- Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo offers an infusion center with beautifully decorated and spacious areas for patients to receive care.
- The Scripps Clinic Encinitas infusion center is a warm and nurturing patient favorite.
- The Woltman Family Infusion Center, located in Scripps Mercy Clinic, offers a modern and peaceful setting with natural light. This unique infusion center is part of Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego.
Each outpatient infusion center offers comfortable recliners or beds, reading materials, individual televisions, and wireless internet access for patients to use while receiving treatments. Families and friends are welcome to accompany patients during their visit.
Other infusion services are available throughout Scripps and provide specialized treatments in rheumatology, neurology, and infectious disease. All infusion services are administered with the same attention to safety and quality.
Infusion services, whole-person care
Chemotherapy once required long hospital stays, but thanks to new medications used to treat nausea, most patients receive their therapy in the outpatient setting. This allows an improved and less disruptive experience for many patients. Other advances, such as cold-cap therapy to reduce hair loss and meditation to reduce anxiety, are also supported in the outpatient setting.
Chemotherapy and other infusion treatments may produce physical symptoms that may be controlled through medication, nutrition, and relaxation. The nurses and pharmacists in the both the inpatient and outpatient settings at Scripps are experts at helping patients manage symptoms.
Each visit to the infusion center includes a nurse assessment to determine how the patient is tolerating treatment, including recommendations, educational materials and consultation with a pharmacist as needed. The lines of communication are always open between the nurse, the pharmacist, and the physicians to quickly address patient needs.
Finally, clinical trials are also offered as part of the chemotherapy and infusion services at Scripps.
View slideshow of the Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines infusion center
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