About Chemotherapy

Is all Chemotherapy done at the doctor's office?

No. Depending on the type of chemotherapy you will receive, you may take chemotherapy medications at home or at our infusion center.

What is Chemotherapy?

Sometimes referred to as "chemo", chemotherapy uses medicines to treat disease. These medicines, or anti-cancer drugs, have the ability to destroy cancer cells by stopping them from growing or multiplying.

Is there just one Chemotherapy drug?

Chemotherapy treatments usually consist of a combination of drugs. Combining the medicines helps to kill more cancer cells and reduce the chance that you may become resistant to a particular drug.

Chemotherapy works throughout the body

Chemotherapy works through your entire body serving an important function if the cancer cells have metastasized (spread) to other parts of your body.

Delivery

Chemotherapy can be delivered to your body in a variety of ways including:

  • Intravenous or IV - injected into a vein from a needle or catheter
  • Intrathecal - injected into the spinal column
  • Intra-arterial - injected into an artery to treat a single area
  • Intracavitary - from a catheter into the abdominal or chest cavity
  • Intramuscular - injected by a needle into a muscle
  • Subcutaneous - injected underneath the skin
  • Intralesional - injected directly into the tumor
  • Topical - applied directly to a cancerous area of the skin
  • Oral - swallowed in a pill, capsule or liquid form