Chemotherapy involves the use of certain specialized medicines or drugs to treat cancer.
The medicines can be administered via various routes such as intravenous infusion, an injection into the muscle or skin or even orally. Some patients will receive single drugs whilst others may need a combination of drugs to treat their cancer. There are various types of chemotherapy, some are cytotoxic, meaning they kill the cancer cells and some newer drugs are able to limit or inhibit the cancer cells' growth (targeted therapy). Most chemotherapy has side effects and these will be explained to you in detail before your treatment is commenced.
Chemotherapy can be used to treat cancer with the intent to cure the patient, or to relieve symptoms and extend survival depending on the type, location stage of the cancer as well as the general health of the patient. It can also be used on its own or in conjunction with other modes of treatment such as radiation therapy and/or surgery.
NOC's chemotherapy treatment areas, one in Windhoek and one in Swakopmund, are spacious and comfortable and staffed by a team of highly trained Nurses who administer the prescribed treatments and monitor and care for our patients throughout their treatment time. The treatment rooms lead directly into a tranquil courtyard garden where our patients can bask in a bit of Namibian sunshine and catch a breath of fresh air during their treatments. A state-of-the-art Biosafety laminar flow cabinet has been installed in both our Windhoek and Swakopmund centres to ensure the chemotherapy drugs are prepared in sterile environment, with minimal risk of contamination which could lead to adverse effects for the patient.
Children receiving chemotherapy receive special attention from our Nursing staff and are treated in a separate area in order to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Treatments are conducted under the prescription and supervision of our resident Paediatric Oncologist.