Chemotherapy - Frequently Asked Questions

A CBC measures your white blood cells (WBC), red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin (HGB), hematocrit (HCT), platelets (PLT), the size of the red cells (MCV), as well as the mean cell hemoglobin (MCH) and mean cell hemoglobin concentration (MCHC).

White blood cells fight infection. Red blood cells and hemoglobin carry oxygen. If your red cell count falls too low, your heart must work harder to deliver oxygen throughout your body. The hematocrit, mean cell hemoglobin, and mean cell hemoglobin concentration are various ways we measure your red cell count. If your red blood cells or hemoglobin are very low, you may feel tired or become short of breath. Platelets stick together to stop bleeding. If your platelet count is low, a cut may bleed longer than is normal.
These terms describe whether your counts are higher or lower than normal range for a specific blood test. A high or low blood count has different significance for each individual, depending on his or her health.
A normal range for a lab test is based on the test results of a very large number of people. The test results of most, but not all, patients will fall into this normal range. Some healthy patients will always have counts that are lower or higher than the normal range --- that just happens to be normal for these patients. However, test results may be lower or higher than the normal range if you are ill or if you are receiving treatment. Therefore, if test results are abnormal, you should consult with a doctor for an interpretation of the results.

Unit Structure

The treatment areas in the unit consist of 4 sub divisions which are defined by the colors, red, blue, green and yellow. These colors represent the type of cancer that is treated in that room.

  • In the 'red' room: Mostly women with breast, ovarian or other gynecological cancers.
  • In the 'blue' room: Patients with cancer of the alimentary canal (colon etc.)
  • In the 'green' room: Patients with head and neck cancers, lung, kidney, brain, bladder and skin cancer.
  • The 'yellow' room serves as Emergency Room during the day.

The nurses working in each room know the protocols given in that room, and work there for long periods at a time. The patients and nurses know each other well. Additionally, each room has its own social worker.

Our Team

  • Oncology physicians, both seniors and fellows on training, who take care of all patients.
  • Registered nurses with first and second degrees
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Dieticians
  • Secretaries
  • Nurses aids
  • Volunteers

Hours
Sunday, Monday and Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm (emergencies until 2:00 pm)
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (emergencies until 1:00 pm)

Contact:
For appointments: 02-6776750 and 02-6776707
Unit Secretary: Inbal - 02-6776707 (2 lines)
Secretary of the Unit's Director, Elinor, 02-6779025 and FAX 02-6778583