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Cancer Center Frequently Asked Questions – MEDICAL ONCOLOGY

Medical Oncology

Frequently Asked Questions

Each treatment is based on individual diagnosis and needs. Please call East Hawaii Health Cancer Center and ask.

Yes, you can be around your friends, family and loved ones during and after chemotherapy treatment.

Yes, 1 week before or 1 week after you receive your chemotherapy. If you are still unsure, please call us at East Hawaii Health Cancer Center and we will answer more pointed questions.

Please continue your normal eating routine, do not eat anything too heavy or greasy.

Your team of clerks, nurses, and clinical support staff will schedule all of your appointments for treatments and let you know.

Bring food and drink. We have warm blankets, pillows, Wi-Fi and tablets (education and entertainment) along with snack and basic beverages.

The new medical oncology department for East Hawaii Health at Hilo Medical Center is to be completed Summer of 2022.

Yes, we are actively recruiting a Medical Oncologist at East Hawaii Health Cancer Center.

Wear a button down, or loose-fitting clothes, especially if you have a port. Comfort is key!

Chemotherapy works by destroying cancer cells; However, it cannot distinguish the difference between a cancer cell and a healthy cell. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, and low white blood cell counts. Some side effects may be temporary. Other side effects can be life threatening. If you are experiencing side effects, please call us at East Hawaii Health Cancer Center, so we can help you to manage them!

One of the most serious potential side effects of chemotherapy is neutropenia, or a low white blood cell count. This can put the patient at serious risk for infection or treatment interruptions. It is important to remember that you can successfully manage side effects by working with the healthcare team at East Hawaii Health Cancer Center, and by staying in close communication throughout your treatment cycles.

Chemotherapy drugs are administered via pill or oral medication, shot (injection), or IV (delivering liquid medicine through a tube into a vein). Ask your provider at East Hawaii Health Cancer Center how your treatment is going to be administered.

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