Chemotherapy at Rex Cancer Center
Chemotherapy, or "chemo," is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to stop cancer cells from multiplying. Normal cells grow and die in a controlled way. Cancer cells keep forming without control. While these drugs may be necessary to destroy cancer cells, they can also harm the healthy cells that quickly multiply, which may cause side effects.
Side effects can vary depending on the type and dose of chemotherapy. Some patients may have no side effects, some may have a few, while others may experience nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain or hair loss.
Healthy cells usually recover after chemotherapy, so most side effects gradually go away. The course of therapy depends on the cancer type, the chemotherapy drugs used, the treatment goal and how the patient responds. Treatment can occur every day, every week or every month, and there may be breaks between treatments so that patients can build new healthy cells.
Chemotherapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies, such as surgery or radiation therapy. A treatment plan depends on the patient, treatment goals and type of cancer. It may be part of the treatment plan recommended by your physician. Talk to your physician about how chemotherapy may play a role in your treatment and if it is right for you.
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