To treat various forms of cancer, doctors often prescribe several different chemotherapy medications. These regimens are effective in targeting cancer cells, but can also damage the bladder and kidneys as they break down in the patient’s system. To flush the left over chemicals from the body the patient needs to keep very hydrated so the urological system can work overtime to remove any toxins left after treatment.
Doctors help the process along by hooking patients up to an IV drip or pumping mechanism that injects them with a special fluid. It’s a painless but time consuming process; most hydration sessions last for a full 24 hours after chemotherapy drugs have been administered.
To help get these the patients the hydration they need without keeping them in the hospital overnight, a team of doctors and nurses from the Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center created the Home Hydration program, a hydration delivery system that’s as effective as it is simple.
Home Hydration lets patients sleep in their own beds, eat home cooked meals and spend more time with friends and family. In addition to improving the quality of life for patients, the Home Hydration Program also also frees up much needed bed space in the hospital. Since itsinception the program has saved payers over $1.25 million and spared patients more than 750 nights in the hospital.
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