Home Care Agencies

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Types of cancer-related care that may be provided at home

Much of the care given to people with cancer is done in an outpatient setting, which includes home care. In many ways, home care for the person with cancer is no different than the home care that’s given to people with other kinds of illness. Home care services could include all of the services listed above. Skilled nursing might involve an oncology nurse specialist, who’s an expert in cancer care. Many of these same services are also offered as part of hospice care.

Some of the home care services needed by a person with cancer might include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy or biologic therapy (which work with different parts of the body’s immune system to fight cancer or lessen the side effects of some cancer treatments)
  • Blood products (transfusions)
  • Pain management
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Nutritional support
  • Anti-emetic therapy (treatment for vomiting)
  • Hydration (giving of fluids, usually IV or through a feeding tube, for patients who cannot drink enough liquids)

All of these infusion therapy services are offered by most home care agencies. For many people, these services can be given in the home.

Last Medical Review: 05/08/2013
Last Revised: 05/08/2013