What is Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is the use of medication to destroy cancer cells. Sometimes these medications are called “anticancer” drugs. Chemotherapy may also be used to treat immune system diseases.
Chemotherapy in Your Cancer Treatment Plan
At the McKay-Dee Hospital Cancer Center, our skilled caregivers utilize the latest proven technology to provide excellent chemotherapy and medical oncology treatment. We use a variety of drugs to create the best medical oncology treatment for each patient. Our physicians have the research and practical experience to give each individual the best opportunity to beat cancer.
Our chemotherapy physicians work closely with the surgical and radiation physicians in order to find the best solution for each person’s cancer treatment. This team approach leads to a better chance at survival while reducing the side effects and emotional burden of cancer treatment.
Chemotherapy or medical oncology treatment can vary greatly in terms of intensity, drugs used and side effects. The kind of chemotherapy used will depend on other treatments being utilized as well as the patient’s individual needs. Some chemotherapy treatments are developed for specific types or stages of cancer and will be considered when appropriate. If you have questions or concerns about your chemotherapy treatment it’s important to address them with your physicians. McKay-Dee Hospital’s Cancer Education Center is also available to help you find answers.
Chemotherapy in Palliative Care
Sometimes chemotherapy treatments are designed to alleviate pain and extend the life of terminal patients. Though not required, your physician may recommend this as part of your palliative care. Learning about the benefits and potential side effects of chemotherapy in palliative care is important before choosing it.
For questions about chemotherapy in your cancer treatment plan please contact your doctor’s office.