What is involved in having private chemotherapy?

If you need chemotherapy, you will be referred to a consultant oncologist who specialises in your type of cancer. They will discuss the type and length of treatment you need with you, and will oversee all of your chemotherapy. You will also have the opportunity to talk about your treatment and any side effects with the nursing team before your first session of chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy is often given in a hospital setting but in some cases it may involve medications such as tablets that you can take at home.

Chemotherapy may become a part of your life for a while. For most patients, chemotherapy treatment will be given in cycles over a period of four to six months, with between one and four treatments each month. 

Your oncologist will usually see you at the start of each treatment cycle. Treatment sessions can be just a morning or an afternoon but can extend to a whole day, so you are welcome to bring a family member or friend with you to keep you company. Spire Specialist Care Centre offers you a relaxed and friendly environment so that you can feel as comfortable as possible while you are here. We offer some light snacks and refreshments for both you and your guest and anyone receiving treatment can order a lunch ahead or on the day of your visit via their chemotherapy nurse.

Chemotherapy is usually given through a drip in your arm together with anti sickness drugs. You will be able to sit or lie comfortably and read, use your tablet/laptop and eat and drink as normal. You will be cared for throughout each treatment by our specialist oncology nurses who can help answer your questions and provide any information you may need.

It is important that you feel supported and reassured throughout the process. The oncology nurses provide an emergency out of hours telephone advice service should you become unwell while at home. Your nurses will also give you a list of useful contact numbers for additional support or advice when you need it.