Comfort during your infusion therapy

Some cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can be given by an infusion. Infusion therapy gives medicine through an intravenous (IV) line in your hand, arm or chest area. When you have treatment at one of our infusion centers, we’ll help you manage the stress, anxiety or nausea that can come from treatment with our comfort menu offerings. The following comfort items are available by request.

During your treatment

The infusion centers offer a variety of beverages, snacks and comfort items for you during your treatment.

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Beverages

  • Specialty coffee
  • Ginger ale: regular & diet
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot tea: black, chamomile, lemon, orange
  • Juice: apple, cranberry, grape, orange
  • Flavored nutritional supplement shakes
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Snacks and sweets

  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Ginger lozenges for soothing nausea
  • Granola bars
  • Hard candy: variety of flavors

You may also bring food from home, provided it does not give off any strong odors. To be extra cautious, note that homemade food items should not be shared with care team members or other patients.

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Comfort items

We have the following items available:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Extra pillows
  • Sea Bands® for nausea
  • Warm blankets
  • Warm pack or ice pack

You are also welcome to bring in your own items: a cozy blanket, personal pillow, comfortable slippers.

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Activities

We carry these items in the centers:

  • Coloring books and markers
  • Games
  • Origami kits
  • Playing cards
  • Crosswords

Feel free to also bring anything you like from home to pass the time.

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Integrative therapy services

If you are interested in any of the following integrative therapy services, please ask your nurse. Prices vary by insurance.

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Breathing techniques
  • Guided relaxation and imagery
  • Light massage

*For patients receiving treatments lasting more than three hours, hot meals are available from our kitchen. Meals for guests may be ordered for a small fee; ask your nurse for a menu.

Allina Health is here to help

Talk to a member of your care team to learn more about these services.

Counseling services

Oncology counseling services provide therapy sessions to help you cope with the many different feelings and the overall stress you may experience because of your diagnosis and treatment.

Learn more about counseling services

Penny George Institute for Health and Healing®

At the Penny George Institute you will find programs and services, like acupuncture that are grounded in a holistic approach.

Learn more about the Penny Georgy® Institute for Health and Healing

Nutrition services

A dietitian can provide nutrition suggestions to help you through treatment and beyond.

Learn more about nutrition services by talking to your cancer care provider.

Genetic counseling

Genetic counseling can educate you about cancers that run in families (known as inherited or genetic cancer).

Learn more about genetic counseling

Simple Talk for Tough Times

‘Simple Talk’ provides resources and guidance around communication with children about your cancer diagnosis and offers ways to support them throughout the process.

Learn more about Simple Talk for Tough Times

Social work services

A resource to help you understand and adjust to your diagnosis, find resources for financial and insurance issues, and connect you to community resources.

Learn more about social work services

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Recommended meditation and guided imagery apps for relaxation

An app for every patient

Search for each app by name on your mobile device's app store or learn more about them on your desktop using the link below.

Aura

Calm

Create to Heal

Headspace

Insight Timer

Loving Meditation

Smiling Mind

Other suggested resources

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American Cancer Society

24/7 online help information, emotional support, a ride to chemo, or a place to stay when treatment is far away.

Learn more about the American Cancer Society

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Angel Foundation

Emergency financial assistance, tools to parent through cancer, kid-friendly activities to provide education, emotional support, and social experiences for Minnesota families.

Learn more about the Angel Foundation

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Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem at the University of Minnesota serves children who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is a cancer survivor.

Learn more about Camp Kesem

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Cancer legal care

Legal resources for Minnesota cancer patients or survivors, help to resolve complex legal issues related to your health care.

Learn more about cancer legal care

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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Physical and occupational therapists work with you to develop skills and tools that explore how to thrive while managing the physical effects of cancer treatment.

Learn more about the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

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Firefly Sisterhood

Connect one-to-one with women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and meet inspirational survivors.

Learn more about Firefly Sisterhood

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Gilda’s Club

Connect one-to-one with women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and meet inspirational survivors.

Learn more about Gilda’s Club

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Open Arms of Minnesota

Nutritious meal delivery to people with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.

Learn more about Open Arms of Minnesota

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Pathways

A warm and welcoming space with social, emotional, psychological support for everyone currently impacted by cancer.

Learn more about Pathways

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The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

Free overnight lodging, support and resources for cancer patients and their caregivers who live more than 30 miles from their cancer treatment location.

Learn more about The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge