Published: Aug. 26, 2011
Updated: Aug. 26, 2011
Chemotherapy involves administering drugs that kill cancer cells or stop them from growing.
Your doctor may use systemic therapy, which is administered to the whole body by pill or injection, or regional chemotherapy, which is administered to only a certain part of the body by placing it into the spinal column, an organ such as the liver, or a part of the body such as the abdomen.
Chemotherapy is effective at killing cancer cells, but it can kill normal cells too, resulting in side effects. Your doctor will adjust your regimen to reduce side effects as much as possible.
Side effects of chemotherapy can include:
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