Cytotoxic services refer to the administration and maintenance of cytotoxic medication or treatment. Cytotoxic means toxic to the cells of the body.
A well-known type of cytotoxic medication or treatment is chemotherapy, which is most commonly used to treat cancer.
Quite often, patients receive cytotoxic medication and maintenance services in a hospital or day facility, but some of these services can be provided to patients in the community.
Working with hospitals, day oncology units and transplant services, we offer a range of home visit cytotoxic services that allows you to receive certain aspects of your care in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Our cytotoxic services
Access to this service is through referral by your treating doctor or hospital.
Services we offer include:
- maintenance of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC), central lines and ports
- routine check-ups.
Accessing our cytotoxic services
Your doctor or nurse will fill in the referral form and organise for you to be admitted into our service.
We normally see patients for two to three weeks as they are receiving a round of medication/treatment (for maintenance patients).
Once your treatment is over, you will generally be discharged from our program as your catheter or port is removed (for maintenance patients). We provide your referring doctor and GP with a copy of your treatment notes to ensure continuity of care.