Medical Oncology and Hematology
Medical oncology, hematology and outpatient infusion care is provided by Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care medical oncologists at the L+M Cancer Center in Waterford, CT.
Medical oncology is the use of medications to treat cancer and prevent the spread of the disease. Your medical oncologist will coordinate and oversee your cancer care and treatment, which may include chemotherapy, infusion services (such as hydration), hormones, and/or pain management.
The Lawrence + Memorial Cancer Center Medical Oncologists:
• Diagnose and identify the type of cancer
• Plan course of treatment
• Treat the disease with medication, including chemotherapy
• Educate patients and their loved ones
• Monitor and evaluate progress throughout treatment
• Assist with pain management
•Administer infusion treatments
Your medical oncologist may prescribe chemotherapy as a part of your treatment. Chemotherapy is used to help eliminate cancer cells and/or prevent them from multiplying in the body. Chemotherapy may be administered by infusion, in one of our private or semi-private infusion bays or via pill (oral chemotherapy).
Hematology is the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and non-cancerous blood disorders. Hematology includes diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of blood diseases that affect the production of blood and its components, such as blood cells, hemoglobin, blood proteins, and the mechanism of coagulation.
On-site Oncology Pharmacy
At our on-site pharmacy, oncology-trained pharmacists dispense chemotherapy and other medications required in your medical oncology treatment plan. To enhance patient safety, the pharmacy uses advanced technologies, such as computerized ordering systems and bar-coded medications. The pharmacy is unable to fill personal prescriptions.
On-Site Laboratory Services
For the convenience of patients receiving treatment at the cancer center, laboratory testing services are also housed in the restful environment of the L+M Cancer Center.