Chemotherapy Principles

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Where is chemotherapy given?

Chemotherapy treatments can be given in the following locations:

  • Hospital
  • Doctor’s office
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Home
  • Workplace

The type of health insurance you have, your personal preference, convenience, the type of drugs to be used, and how the drugs are to be given must all be considered when choosing the best place to get chemotherapy. For example, a chemotherapy regimen that requires placement of a special intravenous catheter and infusion over 24 hours or longer may need to be done in a hospital. Or, this drug may be given through a small, portable pump that you can wear at home or work. The specific drugs and their doses, as well as your general state of health, will determine the expected side effects and how closely you need to be monitored during treatment.

Last Medical Review: 02/07/2013
Last Revised: 02/07/2013