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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy

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How does chemotherapy work?

Chemotherapy uses anticancer drugs to slow or stop the growth of rapidly dividing cancer cells in the body. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our medical oncologists are experienced in delivering targeted, individualized chemotherapy while proactively managing side effects.

Chemotherapy may be used:

  • As a primary treatment to destroy cancer cells
  • Before another treatment to shrink a tumor
  • After another treatment to destroy any remaining cancer cells
  • To relieve symptoms of advanced cancer

Chemotherapy may be administered in the following ways:

  • Orally (by mouth, as a pill or liquid)
  • Intravenously (by infusion into a vein)
  • Topically (as a cream on the skin)
  • By injection
  • Through direct placement (via a lumbar puncture or device placed under the scalp)