CTCA In-Home Infusion Program Offers Patient-Centered Oncology Care

Partners | <b>Cancer Treatment Centers of America</b>

Chevon Rariy, MD, discusses how the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has impacted the adoption of telehealth and the creation of the in-home infusion program, which allows cancer patients to continue their treatment at home while quarantining.

Chevon Rariy, MD, medical director of Endocrinology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Chicago, and the Telehealth Program director for the CTCA, discusses how the coronoavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the adoption of telehealth and the creation of the in-home infusion program, which allows cancer patients to continue their treatment at home while quarantining.

According to Rariy, telehealth became vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, as social distancing was put into place. It allowed the transition of the modern health system to a virtual environment. This innovation, which was crucial during the pandemic, may help to redefine what cancer care looks like in the future.

Even slight delays in treatment may impact mortality or symptom management, according to Rariy. The in-home infusion program allows for patients to receive chemotherapy at home while using telehealth for follow-up appointments. This allows for the patient to maintain social distancing while also staying on their treatment schedule.