GAFFNEY — When the word “cancer” is mentioned, visions of hospital beds and overnight stays come to mind.
However, cancer treatment has migrated to an outpatient setting over the last 20 years, including infusion treatments such as chemotherapy. Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute, a division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, focuses on providing a comfortable, convenient and calming place for patients during an already difficult time.
Gibbs recently made cancer treatment more convenient by extending outpatient infusion services to Cherokee County through Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute — Gaffney.
“We continue to support the Gaffney community by providing additional services close to home,” said David Church, PhD, Vice President of Oncology and Support Services for Gibbs. “By providing infusion services closer to home, patients will be able to resume their normal lifestyle and work activities sooner.”
Gibbs at Gaffney includes seven newly renovated infusion bays with a hematology/oncology physician and nurse practitioner on site every day. The care team in the new Gibbs Infusion Center focuses on making patients as comfortable as possible during their treatment sessions.
“There is already added stress when a patient is seriously ill or has a chronic condition,” said Lynn Foster, director of Medical Group of the Carolinas—Hematology Oncology. “The infusion center allows patients to be flexible with their schedules and maximize time for their daily life activities.”
The new center will treat patients with both chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy medications, as directed by their physician, through intravenous lines and catheters which administer medicine directly into the bloodstream.
• Monoclonal antibodies
• Remicade for Crohn’s Disease and rheumatoid arthritis
• Solu-medrol infusions
• Lasix, potassium chloride and magnesium sulfate infusions
• Intravenous hydration
• Iron infusions
• Antibiotic infusions
• IVIG infusions
• Osteoporosis infusions
• Maintenance injections, including Prolia and Xolair
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute offers infusion services at multiple other locations including:
• Medical Group of the Carolinas — Union
• Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute — Pelham, located in Greer
• Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute — Spartanburg
• Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute — North Grove
The Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute — Gaffney is located at 724 Hyatt Street, Gaffney, S.C. 29314. For more information, please call 1-855-DNA-GIBBS.
About Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute
Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute is a nationally recognized cancer treatment and research facility associated with the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center program and the Medical University of South Carolina. Named for benefactors Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs and with locations in Spartanburg, Gaffney, Union and Greer, Gibbs is a proven leader in providing effective cancer treatment through advanced technology, professional expertise and an exceptional level of personalized care. Gibbs’ oncology program, which also includes the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons, as offering high-quality cancer care. In 2012, Gibbs joined forces with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to expand world-class oncology services and clinical research in the Upstate. In 2013, the Gibbs expanded its research efforts by opening a 7,500-square-foot state-of-the-art facility at Pelham Medical Center.
This story was submitted by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.