The Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates (SCOA) provides chemotherapy cancer treatment.
Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy healthy tissue nearby. Cancer can spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body. Chemotherapy, or “chemo” for short, is the use of chemicals to kill cancer cells. Other therapies used to treat cancer include hormonal therapy, immune therapy and targeted therapy. Treatment decisions are based on the diagnosis, cancer stage and overall health of the patient. The goal of cancer treatment is to stop cancer from spreading, slow the growth of cancer, relieve symptoms caused by cancer or cure cancer.
SCOA provides comprehensive cancer care by offering chemotherapy, pharmacy, laboratory and other services in one convenient location.
At SCOA we understand navigating all the information that comes with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Before your first chemotherapy session, we will schedule you for a chemo teaching appointment with an oncology certified nurse, who is dedicated to educating and empowering cancer patients and their caregivers. During this one on one education hour you will learn specific details about your treatment as it pertains to your individual care. As with our other oncology services as SCOA, we create personalized chemotherapy care plans for every patient we see.
Your visit starts when you check into our reception area located downstairs in the SCOA facility, where you will also find our pharmacy, phlebotomy station for lab draws and chemotherapy infusion center.
After one of our skilled phlebotomists draws your blood for lab work, a member of our nursing staff will measure and record your weight and vital signs. With the preliminary work behind you, you can begin your chemotherapy in our comfortable infusion center.
Because we value your time and want to reduce waiting time whenever possible, SCOA has 100 chairs in our chemotherapy infusion center. Your comfort is also important to us, so we offer amenities such as blanket warmers, a refreshment center and free Wi-Fi.
For optimal effectiveness, oncology physicians typically schedule chemotherapy treatments in repeating cycles. The length of a treatment cycle and number of cycles given varies according to the specific diagnosis and the chemotherapy drugs administered.
Cycles typically range from two to six weeks. Most patients undergo several cycles of chemotherapy.
The oncology physicians, oncology certified nurses and other healthcare professionals at SCOA have extensive training and expertise in the administration of chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer.