Everything you need to know about At-Home Cancer Treatment

Some cancer centers are providing treatments to patients in their homes. This approach has been in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many in the oncology community argue that it puts both patients and community practices at risk.


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Where is at-home cancer treatment happening?

Currently, at-home cancer treatment is limited primarily to large healthcare organizations. The following institutions are offering home cancer treatments beyond simple injections.



  • Community Oncology Alliance Position Statement on Home Infusion

    "COA strongly opposes home infusion of chemotherapy, cancer immunotherapy, and supportive drugs. It is not an appropriate option for patients with cancer."

  • Derrick S. Haslem, MD Intermountain Healthcare

    "I personally think that the way things are going, this will be the way cancer care is delivered…the idea of people having to come in to a [major cancer] center is going to be a thing of the past."

  • Barbara McAneny, MD New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants

    "[Cancer care at home will be a] luxury good for the affluent."

  • Lakshmi Aggarwal, MD Fort Wayne Hematology/Oncology

    "Oncology drugs don't announce, 'Oh, this time I'm going to have a reaction.'"

  • Peter Guerrieri Patient receiving EPOCH at home

    "I felt completely safe."

  • Justin Bekelman, MD University of Pennsylvania

    "The point is not to substitute. It is to give patients the option of receiving treatments at home …that are safe."

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Position Statement on Home Infusion of Anticancer Therapy

    "ASCO is concerned that routine use of home infusions for anticancer therapy could potentially fail to provide the safeguards to both patients and health care providers."

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