This easy-to-read guide explains chemotherapy at a basic level.
Chemotherapy (chemo) usually refers to the use of medicines or drugs to treat cancer. The thought of having chemotherapy frightens many people. But knowing what chemotherapy is, how it works, and what to expect can often help calm your fears. It can also give you a better sense of control over your cancer treatment.
Get more detailed information about chemotherapy, including what it is, how it is given, and what the possible side effects are. Also included are questions you should ask your health care team.
If your doctor has recommended chemotherapy to treat your cancer, it’s important to understand the goals. Learn about the possible goals for chemotherapy (chemo) in cancer treatment.
Learn about the different types of chemo drugs, how they kill cancer cells, and how treatments are planned and given.
If you are getting chemotherapy, this worksheet (in PDF format) can help you keep track of your side effects so that your health care team can help you manage them.
This interactive program from Emmi Solutions can help you understand how chemotherapy treats cancer, so you and your loved ones can know what to expect from treatment.
When a drug is used in a different way than described in the FDA-approved drug label, it is said to be an "off-label" use. Off-label drug use is common in cancer treatment. Learn more about it here.
Medical professionals use the term "compassionate use" to refer to the treatment of a seriously ill patient using a new, unapproved drug when no other treatments are available.