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Inpatient Chemotherapy

Certain chemotherapy regimens for bone and soft tissue sarcomas can require you to be admitted to the hospital for a range of two to five days depending on your treatment protocol. You may also need to manage symptoms and side effects from your treatment.

You will be admitted to the inpatient chemotherapy unit and our specially trained oncology nurses will care for you during your treatment.

The inpatient chemotherapy unit is adjacent to the surgical ward where you may have your biopsy, surgery and postoperative recovery. Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and other allied health professionals will care for you throughout your journey.

Check-in

  • On the day of your scheduled treatment you will check in on the 12th floor, the Ruth Burnett Centre for Outpatient Oncology where you will be given your armband and blood labels.
  • Please bring your health card (OHIP) or any other coverage with you.
  • You will then proceed to the inpatient chemotherapy unit on 11 South, Rm 1101 to have your bloodwork done. You will wait here for your blood results.
  • You will be called back up to 12 North for your appointment with your medical oncologist. Your doctor will review your blood results with you and will confirm if you will receive chemotherapy on this day.
  • If you will be receiving chemotherapy, you will then be directed to the admitting department on the main level to be registered and receive your inpatient armband.
  • You will be assigned a room on the 11 South inpatient chemotherapy unit to receive your chemotherapy.

What to bring

  • A list of any current prescription or non-prescription medicines, herbals and vitamin supplements. Your medications will be reviewed with an oncology pharmacist prior to starting your chemotherapy.
  • Ultrasounds, X-rays or results of other tests you had before coming to Mount Sinai Hospital.
  • Contact information for your family doctor and any specialists you are currently seeing or have seen recently (name, office address and phone number).
  • A notepad and pen comes in handy to help you remember everything your health care team tells you.
  • The name, address and phone number of your drug store/pharmacy.
  • You are welcome to bring food from home, snacks and drinks as we have a fridge you can use.
  • You may bring any comforts from home (pillows, blankets), books or tablet with headphones (we have free Wi-Fi).
  • Please feel free to bring a support person with you, especially if it is a visit when you anticipate getting new information.

What to expect on discharge

Discharge times will vary, but will likely be in the late evening depending on your treatment protocol. Your nurse will inform you of your estimated discharge time.

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