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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy involves medications used to kill or prevent the growth of tumor cells. Chemotherapy drugs can be administered orally or intravenously. While some forms of chemotherapy can be taken at home, most must be administered in a doctor's office or in the hospital.

Chemotherapy is not a single type of medication. Rather, it encompasses a range of different drugs prescribed either alone or in combination for different purposes. In some cases, patients experience temporary side effects from chemotherapy such as hair loss. Nausea and vomiting are common side effects, however, there are many new medications available to help control these problems. Side effects occur because medications can affect normal cells along with the cancerous cells.

It is important to remember that each person is different and that the effects of chemotherapy drugs depend largely on the agents used and the patient's general health. Most individuals are able to maintain their normal, daily routines during chemotherapy. Our doctors work with each patient to develop a chemotherapy program that delivers the most effective results with the least amount of discomfort. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns with you doctor or nurse.

 


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