Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy plays a large part of many cancer treatment plans. Chemotherapy refers to the use of any drug to treat any disease. But to most people, the word chemotherapy (or “chemo”) means drugs used for cancer treatment. It’s important to know that not all medicines and drugs to treat cancer work the same way.

It used to be that the only kind of drug that could treat cancer was traditional or standard chemo, but now there are a lot of different kinds of drugs used to treat cancer. While traditional or standard chemotherapy is still the best way to treat many cancers, different kinds of drugs may work better for others.

In this health unit, we’ll explore the basics of chemotherapy, including:

  • What chemotherapy is
  • Oral chemotherapy
  • Infusion chemotherapy
  • Common side effects of treatment
  • Palliative care
  • What to do in the first 48 hours after treatment, and
  • Managing symptoms of chemotherapy
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