Our infusion center is beautifully designed to provide maximum comfort for patients, with restful recliners in naturally-lit private or shared spaces, private televisions, and extra seating for family and friends who might be visiting. Infusion patients have access to wireless high-speed internet to surf the web or email friends. Patients and family have a view of our Reflection Garden with its water feature, native flowers and greenery, and simulated stream.
Our team of oncology nurses administers chemotherapy and biotherapy in accordance with Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) recommendations. Patients receive the latest chemotherapy and biotherapy available, as well as, blood products, antibiotics and fluid replacement, proteins to boost immune function, or agents to increase iron levels.
Onsite Pharmacy Services
Our onsite pharmacy provides medications for patients treated at the Cancer Center or for those admitted to our oncology unit. It is overseen by a clinical oncology pharmacy specialist and staffed with technicians who specialize in preparing chemotherapy and biotherapy agents. The oncology pharmacy specialist provides instruction to patients and family members concerning medication, side effects and drug interactions. He consults with physicians to try to predict, prevent, identify, or resolve any complications that may arise from medication. Having a pharmacist onsite that specializes in cancer medications bridges the gap between prescribed care and patient safety and compliance with medication.
The Hahn Cancer Center provides direct access to an experienced oncology nurse via phone. The triage nurse is available during clinic hours to offer health advice or information. The nurse addresses the caller’s needs related to medications or symptom management, and makes referrals to needed resources. The triage nurse screens the call for urgency and guides the patient to the appropriate level of care within the proper time frame. Adding the triage nurse to handle the large volume of calls allows the physicians and nurses to spend uninterrupted time with patients being seen or treated in the center.
On-Site Laboratory Services
The Hahn Cancer Center has an onsite clinical laboratory for easy, convenient and fast turnaround of lab tests. Our state-of-the-art laboratory is certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and staffed by certified medical technologists with over 20 years of experience. This service enhances quality of care and minimizes the time patients need to spend at the center.
The Sentara RMH Laboratory provides testing in the following specialties that are important in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of Hematology and Oncology patients:
Hematology–to diagnose blood disorders and monitor blood counts.
Pathology–to diagnose cancer or abnormal changes in body tissues
Microbiology–to determine the presence of infections organisms
Chemistry–to study chemical changes caused by disease
Coagulation–to study blood clotting disorders or to monitor anticoagulant therapy
Immunology–to determine immunity to diseases
Immunohematology–to study blood and blood components