Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping the cells from dividing. When chemotherapy is taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle, the drugs enter the bloodstream and can reach cancer cells throughout the body (systemic chemotherapy). When chemotherapy is placed directly into the spinal column, an organ, or a body cavity such as the abdomen, the drugs mainly affect cancer cells in those areas (regional chemotherapy). The way the chemotherapy is given depends on the type and stage of the cancer being treated.

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... Targeted drug therapy using cobalamin, or vitamin B-12, is the carrier of a cancer-killing agent. Taking advantage of the characteristics of tumor and vitamin physiology, cancer researchers have desig...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

New Website Demystifies Chemotherapy
... You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. Or maybe you’re a parent with a child who’s just been diagnosed. And now you’re being asked to make some very important decisions about treatment and care. But ...
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Menopause and Chemotherapy
... Cancer and its treatment will undoubtedly cause many changes in your life. One change you may experience from chemotherapy is the development of the symptoms of menopause. How chemotherapy impacts the...
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Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Radiation
... This patient summary on oral complications of cancer and cancer therapy is adapted from the summary written for health professionals by cancer experts. This and other accurate, credible information ab...
Source: National Cancer Institute

Nausea and Vomiting
... This patient summary on nausea and vomiting is adapted from the summary written for health professionals by cancer experts. This brief summary describes the causes and treatment of nausea and vomiting...
Source: National Cancer Institute

   

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  • Nausea and Vomiting
    ... This patient summary on nausea and vomiting is adapted from the summary written for health professionals by cancer experts. This brief summary describes the causes and treatment of nausea and vomiting...
  • Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Radiation
    ... This patient summary on oral complications of cancer and cancer therapy is adapted from the summary written for health professionals by cancer experts. This and other accurate, credible information ab...
  • Targeted Cancer Therapies:Questions and Answers
    ... Key Points Targeted cancer therapies use drugs that block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in carcinogenesis (the process by which normal cells become ca...
  • The NCI Cancer Centers Program
    ... The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Centers Program comprises more than 50 NCI-designated cancer centers engaged in multidisciplinary research to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortali...