Cancer Services

Frequently Asked Questions

How many visitors can I bring with me while I'm getting treatment?

We ask that only 2 visitors stay with patients while getting treated. The reasons behind this are space, noise and ensuring safe, quality patient care. Lake Health University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center also does not allow children under the age of 12 in the infusion area.

Can I use my cell phone/lap top while I am getting treated?

Yes. We do ask patients though to either silence or lower the volume on the phone/laptop as other patients frequently may be resting and we do not want to disturb them.

Lake Health has a visitor's Wi-Fi available for those who wish to use their laptop during treatments.

Can I work and/or drive?

This will depend on how patients respond to chemotherapy. Most patients work in between chemotherapy treatments. Some chemotherapy treatments cause fatigue as patients progress through treatment. Patients can gauge what days they feel well and what days they will be more fatigued and base their activity on how they feel. As with working, driving will be based on how the patient feels on any given day. We do ask patients to have a designated driver on the day of treatment as some of the pre-medications given prior to chemotherapy can cause drowsiness.

Am I going to be sick?

The answer to this question will depend on the chemotherapy agent that is given to patients. Some chemotherapy medications make patients nauseated and will cause some to vomit. Anti-nausea medications are prescribed prior to chemotherapy infusion and it is important for patients to fill these prescriptions prior to receiving their chemotherapy treatment.

Should I eat before I come for chemotherapy?

Yes. Patients are encouraged to eat breakfast or lunch prior to coming if the patient will be here during those hours. Our suggestion is that patients eat something that is not greasy, but filling.

Should I take my anti-nausea pills before I come for chemotherapy?

No. Anti-nausea, or anti-emetics as they are called, will be given to patients intravenously prior to chemotherapy administration as appropriate. Nurses will give patients instructions prior to discharge on how to take their anti-nausea medication when they get home.

Can I bring food with me while I am getting chemotherapy?

Yes. Most patients or their family members bring in food if the patient will be here for more than 4 hours. There is a microwave and toaster for patient use as well as a refrigerator with sodas and juices for patients. Coffee and hot water are also available. The Mentor Campus has a café in the lobby that serves soups, sandwiches, salads and more.

Can I take herbal medications while receiving chemotherapy?

This is a subject that should be directed toward your Medical Oncologist. There are some herbal medications that can be taken but there are some that interfere with the chemotherapy drug too.

Where can patients get lab work and radiology exams done?

Most patients get all their lab and radiology exams done at the Mentor Medical Campus, where Lake Health University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is located. The location makes it very convenient for patients to have "one stop shopping" and they do not have to go from one facility to another to get their labs and x-rays or scans done.

Where do LHUH Seidman Cancer Center patients go for hospitalizations?

Lake Health University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is a collaboration of the two health systems brought together to treat and care for cancer patients in the community where they live. Most patients, if the need arises, go to Lake Health facilities.

How long are you open?

Lake Health University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m. Our Laboratory is open from 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Lab appointments can be made for the day and patients can come in at their convenience during the hours listed above.

If I get radiation treatment am I radioactive?

No. Radiation is delivered in very small amounts over the course of your treatment.

Who can I call after hours?

Callers should call the main number (440-205-5755). Lake Health University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center has an answering service that takes calls beginning at 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 24 hours a day Saturday and Sunday.

Can I take antioxidants to improve the effect of radiation?

We do not advise any dietary or vitamin supplements during treatment except for standard daily vitamin doses, nutritional support as needed, and regular prescription meds. Any specific request should be directed to your doctor.

Can I color or perm my hair during radiation?

Yes, unless:

  • You are receiving chemotherapy or
  • You are getting radiation to the scalp or brain

Do I need to avoid being near babies or children while I am getting radiation?

No

Is radiation bad for you?

Radiation which is delivered in a controlled environment by a Radiation Oncologist is an acceptable form of treatment.