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Getting Started with Cancer Treatments

Hearing that you need treatment for your cancer likely brings many questions to mind. How is treatment given? What does the treatment do? How am I going to feel? Can I bring a visitor? Getting Started is an educational session led by a nurse educator or advanced practice provider to answer these questions and more.

Education is an essential part of treatment and we encourage you to attend a session prior to starting your treatment. Your Compass team wants you to feel more comfortable with the treatment and involved in your care. Getting Started will provide you with information about what to expect the day of treatment and the days following.

Side effects discussed during a Getting Started session:

  • Hair loss
  • Skin changes
  • Neuropathy
  • Mouth changes
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Bowel changes
  • Nutrition and dehydration
  • Blood work
  • Fatigue
  • Chemo brain

Additional topics discussed:

  • What is cancer
  • Coping
  • How does treatment work
  • What to expect day of treatment

Please contact the Compass office where your oncologist is located and request to schedule a Getting Started session today.

Heather Wood, RN, BSN, OCN
Clinical Nurse Educator

Caroline Fung, PA-C
Gynecologic Oncology/Surgery

Marisa Gholson, PA-C
Gynecologic Oncology/Surgery

Tawna Pangborn, FNP-C
Medical Oncology & Hematology

Bree Roche, PA-C
Medical Oncology & Hematology

Shelby Ross, PA-C
Medical Oncology & Hematology

Amy Scheer, PA-C
Medical Oncology & Hematology

Compass Oncology - The US Oncology Network