Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses powerful drugs to kill cancer cells. Our affiliation with the Children’s Oncology Group means eligible Mary Bridge patients can get access to promising new chemotherapy drugs only available through clinical trials.
What is Chemotherapy?
Physicians use chemotherapy to treat many different cancers that include childhood leukemia and lymphoma. Some chemotherapy drugs are available as an oral medication, while doctors administer others through intravenous (IV) infusion. Cancer treatment typically involves multiple rounds of chemotherapy.
Most chemotherapy infusions take place in the clinic, although sometimes patients are admitted for additional monitoring.
Why Choose Mary Bridge for Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy can be hard on children and families, but our team is here to help minimize stress and discomfort associated with treatment. Parents choose Mary Bridge for cancer treatment and chemotherapy because of our:
- Expert team: Our team includes board-certified pediatric oncology and hematology specialists. We are not a teaching hospital, meaning your child will only see experienced physicians.
- Clinical trials: We offer numerous clinical trial opportunities, giving patients access to innovative chemotherapy drugs that aren’t yet widely available.
Comprehensive chemotherapy support
We know how rough chemotherapy can be on children and families. We are here to make treatment easier for you, offering:
- Child life specialists to explain chemotherapy procedures in child-friendly terms and distract your child during needle draws
- Neuropsychologists who assess your child’s risk of developing learning problems after chemotherapy, providing detailed plans to ensure a successful return to school
- Dietitians who provide personalized nutrition planning to support your child’s treatment
- Support groups to help siblings cope with the emotional challenges of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis
Learn more about our child and family support services.
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells, but these strong drugs are also capable of harming healthy tissues. Side effects of different chemotherapy drugs vary widely, with some drugs causing little to no side effects.
Our specialists prepare you in advance about what to expect, specific symptoms to watch for and how to manage side effects to keep your child comfortable. One common side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss. We understand how difficult this can be for children, so we help children get wigs to cope with this challenge.
Call your child’s doctor immediately if you observe symptoms such as:
- Fever above 101 degrees
- Extreme lethargy or tiredness
- Symptoms of dehydration such as lack of urination
- Severe pain
To make an appointment, please call 253-403-3481.