Chemotherapy and cancer
This page tells you about chemotherapy for cancer. There is information about
Chemotherapy literally means drug treatment. In cancer treatment, the term chemotherapy means treatment with cell killing (cytotoxic) drugs. You may have just one chemotherapy drug or a combination of different chemotherapy drugs. There are more than 100 different drugs currently available and new ones are being developed all the time. Chemotherapy is one type of cancer drug and you may have it with other types of cancer drugs such as biological therapies.
Whether chemotherapy is a suitable treatment for you, and which drugs you might have, depends on many things
- The type of cancer you have
- Where in your body the cancer started
- What the cancer cells look like under the microscope (the grade)
- Whether the cancer has spread
- Your general health
You may have chemotherapy as a single drug or a combination of drugs. You may have it on its own or with other treatments such as
You may have high dose chemotherapy treatment, with a drip (infusion) of stem cells or bone marrow cells afterwards. This is called a bone marrow transplant or stem cell transplant. There is information about these treatments in the bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplant section of CancerHelp UK.
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