Services We Offer
Services We Offer
Treatments used in cancer includes chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immuno- therapies, targeted therapies, or a combination of these. These drugs work in different mechanisms to destroy cancer cells. Effectiveness of treatment not only depends on the stage of cancer, but on various other factors as well. Side-effects are dependent on the intensity of the treatment, but also on the specific drugs used. Some treatments, for example chemotherapy, destroys cancer cells, but may also affect other healthy cells in the body. Most side-effects of the treatment will go away a few weeks after treatment finishes.
Bone Marrow Transplant
A bone marrow transplant is a medical procedure that is performed in order to replace the bone marrow that has been damaged due to disease or chemotherapy. To do this, we need to harvest cells either from the patient’s own body, or from a donor. The harvested stem cells are then transplanted into the patient’s body via an IV line, and they then travel to the bone marrow where they produce new blood cells and promote growth of new marrow. The patient will receive chemotherapy before the transplant and will need to stay in isolation at the hospital for 3 to 6 weeks after the transplant while their bone marrow recovers and starts to produce blood cells again.
Being diagnosed with any form of cancer is an incredibly scary thing to experience. Whether it is yourself or a loved one, your life is about to change.
We have a social worker on our team that is here to offer support services to patients and their loved ones before, during, and after treatment. Support services include individual counselling, family counselling, facilitating family meetings, assisting parents in talking to their children about cancer, assisting patients and loved ones with disability claims or letters to schools or work, or referrals to community resources.
It is important to know that you are not alone on this journey and that there is support available to you and your loved ones. Feel free to contact our social worker, Kirstie, at any point of your journey for support.
You will receive the best possible level of medical care when you step into our practice. The doctors will make sure you are well consulted, and then our team of nurses will provide you with the treatment as prescribed.
While you receive your treatment, whether it is anti-cancer treatment, intravenous anti-nausea medication or a blood transfusions, the Haemalife team will do all we can to make you feel as comfortable and cared for as possible.
Allied Health Services
Our patients will be seen in hospital by Liana Bence. She will assess your mobility and help you do exercises to keep in shape during your hospital stay. Her goal is to keep you active and mobile, to ensure optimal healing. She will do exercises with the patients to prevent complications due to immobility and to prevent muscle atrophy.
Stephanie is a dietician that will visit you in hospital during your treatment. She will ensure that you are eating enough and getting in the right amount of calories. She will arrange supplements and meal replacements if necessary, and she will guide you on what you should be eating to facilitate optimal healing.
You are going through so much, the last thing you need to worry about now is your accounts. Rest assured knowing that all of your claims will be dealt with by our competent team of ladies in our accounts department. You will not need to get medical aid authorization or fight claim rejections, we do all of that on your behalf.