Your medical oncologist may determine that chemotherapy is an appropriate modality to be a part of your cancer treatment plan. Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancerous diseases with drugs that interfere with cancer cell growth and reproduction.
Chemotherapy may consist of a single drug or a combination of drugs. Chemotherapy can be administered through a vein, injected into a body cavity or delivered orally in the form of a pill. Depending upon the combination of drugs used, the duration of a chemotherapy treatment session can range from a few minutes to a few hours.
Chemotherapy differs from surgical or radiation therapies. In the case of chemotherapy, cancer-fighting drugs circulate in your blood to parts of your body where the cancer may have spread. This treatment can kill or eliminate cancer cells located at great distances from the original tumors.
Chemotherapy is administered by nursing professionals under the direction of your medical oncologist or hematologist. Our pharmacists and nurses are highly trained in the preparation and management of chemotherapy-related drugs.
At Texas Oncology, we strive to make chemotherapy treatments as comfortable for patients as possible. Your oncology team works closely together to manage your dosages and monitor your progress, so you can be assured of the best formulas and treatment plans to fight your specific disease.
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