Chemotherapy or chemo is a systemic therapy in which medications destroy cancer cells in your body, Chemo may be used alone or along with other medications or therapies such as such as surgery, radiation and biological therapy to slow or stop the growth and spread of cancer, Most often Chemo is given By IV or injection, a cream, or liquid capsule or pills and can be placed through out the body, Chemo can also be given by a pump either inside or outside the body.
Chemo is usually given in cycles, Some people will have a port placed by a Doctor so you don’t have to be poked so often.
Chemo is a cocktail of two or more chemo drugs.
Chemo treatment can be for any length of time, Your Doctor will give your plan of care. Chemo can last a few hours to most of the day. Everyone is different as far as symptoms and also depends on the medications given.
If you choose to skip a session, your cancer cells can continue to grow.
Some chemo patients can continue to work throughout chemo and always remember you may be able to shorten your days.
It usually takes a few weeks after your last session before you start to get over any symptoms you may have.
Usual test run to have Chemo, Your Hemoglobin- This is the protein in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen through out your body.
White blood cell counts- Help your body fight against infections. Platelets- enable your blood to clot.