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How you have cancer drugs

You can have cancer drugs in different ways. For how long you have treatment will depend on the drug you have and your type of cancer. Always take your medicines safely.

Tablets, suppositories and patches

There are different ways of having medicines.

Injections and drips

You can have cancer drugs as an injection or drip through a vein, through a central line, PICC line or Portacath. Sometimes you might have it as an injection into a muscle or under the skin.

Treatment cycles and courses of treatment

Cancer drugs such as chemotherapy are usually given in cycles over several months. A series of cycles is called a course of treatment.

Taking medicines

It's important to take medicines safely and follow the instructions carefully. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Last reviewed: 
18 Dec 2019

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