MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Adult patients receive chemotherapy at the Ambulatory Treatment Center (ATC), on the 5th floor, in a pleasant, outpatient setting. The open design allows cancer patients to interact and share their experiences with one another, reducing anxiety. The caring staff of RNs, LPNs, oncology certified nurses and oncology pharmacists help calm new patient concerns by providing one-on-one assistance before the first treatment. Nurses provide education and are always available to follow up with each patient.

The ATC provides lunch and a variety of magazines and books for patients as well as High Tea on Thursdays. Patients and staff alike look forward to this delightful event. Chemotherapy classes are offered for new patients and their families or a support person. The classes, taught by our nursing staff, are held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Tuesdays, which include a tour of the center. The class is offered in Spanish from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Wednesdays.

In addition to chemotherapy, the ATC also provides a variety of blood-related services and products such as transfusions, platelets, clotting factors, fresh frozen plasma, and IV/fluid hydration.

Marie Mackey, RN, discusses Oncology Chemotherapy