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The chemo@home program is designed to be a convenient and relaxed way to receive chemotherapy and other medical infusions for chronic illnesses. Here are some of the program’s main benefits:
Administered at home
The same medical infusion or chemotherapy that you would receive if you were having your infusion in a hospital.
Provided by an experienced Registered Nurse who specialises in chemotherapy.
All equipment supplied
All equipment and medications are supplied, and the nurse will remove all waste
24/7 nurse phone support
Support and advice through the course of your treatment for peace of mind.
Referrals to other health practitioners if needed e.g. physio or dietitians.
Care is centred around you and your family's needs.
To access the chemo@home program, follow these three simple steps:
Visit your specialist
Depending on your circumstance, your specialist (eg GP or oncologist) may ask you if you want to receive chemo@home instead of in-hospital services.
Get a referral
If you decide you want chemo@home, your specialist can draw up a referral.
Begin your first session
Chemo@home will process your referral and come conveniently and directly to you.
The chemo@home team of highly trained and skilled nurses can safely provide many chemotherapies, targeted therapies and immune therapies in the comfort of your own home.
You can receive treatment for most cancer types, including breast, colorectal, melanoma, gastrointestinal and lung cancer, as well as blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
You can receive infusions for chronic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s Disease. Treatment is also available for colony stimulating factors, such as filgrastim (Neupogen®), pegfilgrastim (Neulasta®) or epoetin (Eprex®). Bone strengthening medications, for example zoledronic acid (Zometa®) or denosumab (Xgeva®) are available as well. Other medications such as antibiotics can also be given by infusion.
At home treatment means more convenience. You can be more relaxed during your treatment and some patients find they have less infections.
Other advantages are reduced costs for travel and parking, as well as having less reliance on carers or child care.
You won't have any gaps to pay for the cost of your treatment—this will be fully covered by HBF. However, there may be some out-of-pockets to pay for pharmacy items.
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