Bone Cancer Chemotherapy
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Chemotherapy for Bone Cancer
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells throughout the body. These drugs may be delivered intravenously, by injection or by mouth. Chemotherapy is usually given in cycles, to allow your body time to recover between treatments.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), chemotherapy may be used as part of the treatment program for localized bone cancers, either before surgery to reduce the size of the tumor to make surgery easier, or after surgery, to kill any remaining bone cancer cells. Chemotherapy may also be used to treat advanced bone cancers that cannot be treated by surgery.
There are several different types of chemotherapy drugs available. If bone cancer chemotherapy is an option for you, your team at CTCA will work together to select the right type combination of drugs for you.
Managing the Side Effects of Chemotherapy
When undergoing chemotherapy for bone cancer, patients are often worried about the unpleasant side effects associated with treatment, such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hair loss and mouth sores.
Your care team at CTCA proactively uses treatment approaches that can reduce or moderate these side effects.
Your doctor may also prescribe certain medications to reduce nausea and vomiting, or to help maintain blood counts. Additionally, your dietitian, naturopathic clinician and other members of your care team will work together to find a combination of therapies, based on your individual needs, to help you manage these side effects.
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