Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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You can receive chemotherapy alone or in combination with surgery or radiation therapy to shrink a tumor or prevent it from spreading. High-dose chemotherapy is also used to prepare patients for blood and marrow transplant.

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Chemotherapy is a powerful tool against cancer using several different kinds of medication. It can be given through an intravenous (IV) line, by pills or liquid, or by injection. Typically, chemotherapy is given in outpatient infusion centers over the course of days, weeks or months, depending on your treatment plan. In some cases, you may need to stay in the hospital during treatment.

Because chemotherapy is so powerful, it also affects healthy cells, especially the ones that grow rapidly. You may experience side effects that impact your mouth, stomach, blood, skin, and hair. You may experience infections, increased bruising, or fatigue. Your treatment may cause your hair to fall out temporarily. You might also have a poor appetite, nausea, diarrhea, or mouth and lip sores. Chemo is usually given in cycles so that your normal cells can recover before the next therapy. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to help lessen these side effects.

We continue to stay at the forefront of cancer care, and continue to seek out more effective chemotherapy drugs, many of which are offered to patients through clinical trials.

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