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Chemotherapy is a treatment often used to target and destroy cancer cells.

How is chemotherapy used?

Depending on your needs, your providers may use chemotherapy to:

  • Cure cancer
  • Slow the growth of cancer
  • Reduce the chances of cancer returning
  • Lessen cancer symptoms
  • Help other cancer treatments work better

How is chemotherapy delivered?

There are many ways chemotherapy can be given, though many people often think of it as being intravenous. In this case, your care team works closely with Infusion Services to deliver your medicine directly into a vein. Learn more about Infusion Services or watch a video about what to expect if your treatment plan includes intravenous chemotherapy.

Other common forms of chemotherapy include:

  • Oral (taken by mouth in a pill or capsule form)
  • Topical (rubbed onto the skin in a creamy form)
  • Injection (given by shot into a muscle)

Your cancer care team will carefully review your treatment preferences and situation to determine what of these or other types of chemotherapy may best suit your needs. Throughout your treatment, they will continue to monitor your progress and make adjustments to provide the most precise treatment possible.

Does chemotherapy have side effects?

Everyone responds to cancer treatment differently. Your care team is here to help you understand how chemotherapy may affect you and what to expect. Advancements in medicine have greatly reduced side effects for many patients, but you should never hesitate to contact a member of your care team if you have questions about side effects or need help managing them. You can reach the Cancer Center at (608) 775-2385.

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