Hydration Therapy

Support Your Body Through the Side Effects of Cancer with IV Hydration

Undergoing cancer treatment naturally takes its toll on your body, which is why you owe it to yourself to find ways of actively assisting your body through the recovery processes. IV hydration therapy is perhaps one of the most important procedures for protecting your day-to-day comfort and maintaining a good quality of life through this time.

The use of IV hydration has become an increasingly popular choice for cancer patients in recent years, and Cochise Oncology provides world-class treatments in world-class surroundings.

What is IV Hydration Therapy?

IV hydration therapy, also known as intravenous hydration therapy, is a process in which nutrients and hydrating fluids are administered directly into the bloodstream for instant absorption. It is the fastest way to deliver nutrients to the body while also boosting the absorption rate from under 50% to over 90%

The use of IV hydration is used in a range of situations where oral administrations won’t suffice. Despite commonly being discussed by people as though it’s a new treatment, it has actually existed for centuries as a life-saving treatment. Today, its life-enhancing capabilities are clear.

What Does IV Hydration Treat?

IV hydration therapy can be used to treat a range of malnutrition conditions while it is also commonly used as a healthy living procedure by individuals seeking improved wellbeing. Its wide range of capabilities includes supporting individuals through hangovers to boosting immunity levels. In relation to cancer treatments, it can be incorporated as a way to battle back against the side effects of chemotherapy and other procedures.

Your IV hydration procedure as a cancer patient primarily aims to reverse the negative impacts of various side effects caused by dehydration and malnutrition during the post-therapy moments. Many individuals struggle to stay properly nourished and struggle to consume nutrients orally, the IV hydration combats this to significantly boost your general wellbeing. The list of symptoms it can help combat include;

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Lost appetite
  • Nausea
  • Discomfort
  • Cognitive decline
  • Emotional decline
  • Social functional issues


Simply fill out the form on this page to request an appointment and one of our knowledgable team members will reach out to you. Or call our Sierra Vista oncology center to schedule directly at (520) 803-6644.

How Does IV Hydration Therapy Work?

As the term intravenous suggests, IV hydration therapy transfers fluids directly into the bloodstream via a vein. IV hydration may include Vitamin C, Vitamin B, magnesium, calcium, zinc, amino acids, and antioxidants, as well as water.

A small needle is placed into the arm or hand before a catheter is inserted to transfer the liquids. The needle is removed at this time, ensuring a more comfortable procedure for patients. 

How Should I Prepare for My Treatment? 

The hydration process can occur shortly after cancer treatments or maybe used a few days later. Either way, there are very few preparations for the IV hydration therapy itself. You will be awake throughout the treatment, which is why finding items to pass the time is important while comfortable clothes are significant too. Choosing the comfortable surroundings of our spa-like facility naturally supports your bid for a safe, convenient, and happy procedure.

How Long Will My Treatment Last? 

IV hydration therapy can be broken into two distinct types, known as IV drip and IV push. While both processes focus on the same fundamental features, a drip uses a slow feed that transfers between 250ml and 1,000ml of fluids over the course of one hour. The IV push injects between 30ml and 60ml of fluids over a period of 15 minutes. However, cancer patients may require a treatment that lasts several hours due to severe dehydration, especially if the IV push is the right route.

While IV hydration can be a one-time process in many cases, most cancer patients will go through two sessions per week for a period of several weeks to mirror their main course of cancer treatment. The benefits can become obvious during the treatment but are best seen after 12-24 hours.

What are the Side Effects? 

The side effects are primarily focused on temporary skin irritations around the localized area of treatment. In some cases, the threat of over-hydration must be monitored too, although this is rarely an issue when used as part of cancer treatment.


*Individual Results May Vary


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