Dr. Hina Ghafoor is a Board Certified primary care doctor who cares for patients of the Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Westminster and Eldersburg communities at Mercy Personal Physicians at Reisterstown.
Mercy's team of cancer doctors diagnose and treat melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer.
Pulmonologists at The Lung Center at Mercy treat patients with lung conditions including COPD, lung cancer and interstitial lung disease.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy, a division of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, offers patients a highly trained team of medical oncologists and hematologists experienced in providing treatment options like IVIG (or gammaglobulin) for a variety of medical conditions.
IVIG or gammablobulin, also called immune globulin, is a plasma treatment used for specific conditions such as immune deficiencies, autoimmune conditions, inflammation and infections.
IVIG is used to treat a number of immunodeficiency and autoimmune conditions as well as blood disorders because it contains a critical component called immunoglobulin-G (IgG). Immunoglobulin helps the body build antibodies, a disease fighting substance, to fight off viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites.
Staying hydrated is the key for preparing for IVIG treatment. The patient needs to drink plenty of fluids the day before as well as the day of the treatment. This will help with starting the IV and lessening the side effects. Patients should avoid caffeine or any other diuretic that can lead to dehydration.
IVIG is an IV-infused medication given in a 2-4 hour period over 12-weeks. Depending on the dose of medication, patient diagnosis and medical history, the time to administer IVIG may vary. Throughout your IVIG treatment vital signs, blood pressure, pulse and temperature as well as signs of allergic reactions are monitored. IVIG treatment can take up to six months or longer.
People with the following conditions are typically good candidates for IVIG treatment:
The side effects of IVIG may include:
Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provides diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of cancers including leukemia and lymphoma, neuroendocrine tumors, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Drs. David Riseberg, Sandy Kotiah, Richard Huslig, Peter Ledakis and Vinod Varki offer expertise in cancer treatment through chemicals, biological products and immunotherapy, including chemotherapy, chemoembolization, biological and endocrine therapies and radiofrequency abalation.
Medical Oncology and Hematology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vinod Varki is a medical oncologist and hematologist at Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy in Baltimore, a division of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy.
An upbeat, determined patient seeks multidisciplinary care from Mercy experts to address her ovarian cancer.