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How you have cancer drugs

Cancer drugs are given in different ways. Read about how you might have your cancer drugs, for how long and how to take medicines safely.

Tablets, suppositories and patches

Some cancer drugs can be taken as tablets, suppositories or patches. Find out about these different ways of having medicines. 

Injections and drips

Get information on having cancer drugs as an injection. Instead of having an injection every time, you might have the drugs through a central line, PICC line or Portacath.

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. Get tips to make sure you are taking your medicines as you should.

Last reviewed: 
05 Sep 2017

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