Oncology pharmacy services include comprehensive patient education, continuity of care, convenience and access to a pharmacist specializing in cancer and treatment. The services provided include mixing of chemotherapy products, providing take home prescriptions in some offices and filling clinical trial prescriptions. The pharmacists providing these services are specially trained to support cancer patients being cared for by Cancer Centers of the Carolinas. The pharmacists provide support to both physicians and nurses, allowing them to perform more complicated therapies in the outpatient setting rather than in the hospital. This results in reduced health care costs as well as improved patient satisfaction.
The pharmacy, through the development of drug usage protocols, helps lower costs and improves patient care. Oncology pharmacy services are ultimately for the patients' benefit to ensure the patients will be much more satisfied with the overall cancer treatment experience.