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Chemotherapy: FOLFOX

FOLFOX: How Treatment Is Delivered (Infusion, Continuous Infusion)

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FOLFOX is generally given by infusion in two week cycles over a period of time such as six months. In some instances, FOLFOX may be administered for up to two years.

  • Before the first cycle, a small port about the size of a quarter will be inserted under the skin which will be used by trained professionals to draw blood and for the FOLFOX infusions. The general location of the port is determined by the doctor. However, as noted in “Implanting A Port”, you do have a say about where it is placed specifically.
  • Each cycle starts with an infusion at a treatment center. The infusion usually lasts several hours.
  • Before leaving the center, an infusion device will be attached to your port permitting continuous infusion.
  • There are several different variations of FOLFOX treatment in use today. One of the variations requires replenishing the chemotherapy during treatment. In any event, the infusion device will usually be removed after 44 -48 hours. (For more information, click here.)
  • The amount of drug in each dose generally varies depending on your weight, height, blood counts, and the side effects experienced during treatment.

NOTE:  Hook-up and removal from a continuous infusion device can take place at home with a visiting nurse.  This can be particularly helpful when you are not feeling well and don’t feel like dressing and going to the treatment center.

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