Spire Dunedin provides treatment for cancer in a comfortable and caring environment by way of a purpose-built facility, specifically designed around the needs of patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Each patient is treated in the privacy of their own room known as a 'POD'. Each POD has been designed around the needs of the patient and includes a TV and WiFi access. Refreshments are freely available for both patients and their families together with a light meal for all patients.
The oncologists and haematologists are supported by an oncology nurse consultant and a team of dedicated, specially trained nurses, enabling us to offer our patients an excellent level of support that includes:
- 24 hour emergency hospital contact number for all patients undergoing chemotherapy
- Breast cancer support nurse on site
- Access to other cancer specific nurses based at Royal Berkshire Hospital
- Monthly support meetings for breast cancer patients
Promoting well-being during chemotherapy
Patients can do a lot to promote a feeling of well-being during their treatment:
- A balanced diet is essential; some people prefer to eat small regular meals instead of larger meals, to aid digestion. There may be some dietary restrictions with certain treatments; the nurse will go through these. Try to increase fluid intake, particularly around the time of chemotherapy.
- Some people feel fatigued during treatment, so it is important to listen to the signs your body gives when it needs to rest. Try to reduce activities for a few days around treatment time until you are used to how you feel during treatment.
- It is not necessary to give up gentle exercise such as walking or any hobbies you enjoy, but try to pace yourself so that you are not placing too many demands on your body. If you feel well enough, you may continue to drive and to work.
- Allowing family and friends to help takes some of the strain off of you and helps them feel involved.
NOTE: Please do not use any health/alternative medicines without discussing these with your consultant/pharmacist as sometimes these can impact on the chemotherapy drugs you are being given.