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Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. It can shrink a tumour before surgery or radiotherapy. Or you can have it alongside radiotherapy. This is called chemoradiotherapy.

Sometimes you have chemotherapy to treat advanced cancer, or cancer that has come back.

Chemotherapy treatment

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer. You might have it before surgery or radiotherapy, or alongside radiotherapy.

Chemotherapy drugs

There are different chemotherapy drugs. For laryngeal cancer, common drugs include cisplatin, fluorouracil and capecitabine.

Chemoradiotherapy for laryngeal cancer

Treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy together is called chemoradiotherapy. You might have this treatment for laryngeal cancer.

Last reviewed: 
13 Jul 2018
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