Reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms and attacks with infusion therapy in New Jersey.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, typically progressive disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and damages the myelin sheathing of nerve cells in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This disrupts the flow of information within the brain itself as well as between the body and the brain.
With MS, quality of life is foremost.
MS is unpredictable, and its severity and symptoms can vary from one person with MS to the next. It is also quite often disabling, with life-altering symptoms that include:
- Vision loss
- Muscle weakness, stiffness, spasms or paralysis
- Impaired coordination
- Anxiety or mood swings
- Many others
While some people with MS may experience few or no symptoms, others can have their lives turned upside down with severe, long-term symptoms that never go away and dramatically affect mobility, coordination and simple activities of daily living. So the goal of treatment, including infusion therapy, is to slow progression of disability, reduce the number and severity of relapses, and reduce the disease’s effects on your quality of life.
We have the MS infusion therapy your doctor prescribes.
At all five Astera Infusion Therapy locations at Astera Cancer Care, we deliver the infusion therapy that your neurologist prescribes for you. Whether you have primary progressive MS or relapse-remitting MS, we have the therapy you need, including:
- Ocrevus – FDA-approved for both forms of MS, this disease-modifying treatment (DMT) targets a type of white blood cell that contributes to nerve damage in MS. Ocrevus has been shown to reduce relapse rates (for relapsing-remitting MS) and slowed the worsening of disability for both types of the disease.
- Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) – Immunoglobulin is sometimes used for MS, as an off-label treatment, to change the way your immune system functions. Using antibodies, IVIG treatment aims to strengthen some parts of the immune system while weakening others to better fight MS. The goal of IVIG therapy is to slow disease progression, reduce the number of symptoms, and reduce long-term disability.
- Tysabri – This lab-produced antibody is designed to limit the movement of potentially damaging immune cells across the blood-brain barrier into the brain or spinal cord. Tysabri is FDA-approved, but only as a monotherapy, meaning it’s not to be used in combination with other disease-modifying treatments (DMTs).
Get your infusion therapy in comfort, delivered by caring, well-trained professionals.
Once we receive your doctor’s referral, we obtain your insurance authorization and call you to set up your treatment schedule per your doctor’s treatment plan. When you come in, you’ll be cared for by a team that is highly experienced in delivering infusion therapy. You’ll be evaluated by a highly trained nurse practitioner, then you’ll be taken to our comfortable infusion room and cared for by an infusion therapy nurse.
During treatment, you’ll be kept comfortable in our comfy, reclining infusion chairs in our welcoming, relaxing environment. You’ll also have access to free Wi-Fi, cable TV, complementary snacks and beverages, and an infusion nurse catering to your needs.
If something should go wrong, our infusion nurses and nurse practitioners are trained for eventualities. We also have physicians onsite in the event there is a medical emergency.