What’s in this guide

If your doctor has told you that you have cancer, you may have a lot of questions. Can I be cured? What kinds of treatment would be best for me? Will it hurt? How long will treatment take? How much will it cost? How will my life change while I’m being treated and after treatment ends? These are all normal questions for people with cancer.

This guide will explain one type of treatment – chemotherapy (key-mo-THAIR-uh-pee) – a little better. We’ll try to help you know what chemotherapy is and what it will be like.

If you have more questions, ask your cancer care team to help you. It’s always best to be open and honest with them. That way, they can help you decide which treatment is best for you.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team
Our team is made up of doctors and master's-prepared nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

Last Medical Review: March 15, 2016 Last Revised: March 15, 2016

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