Chemotherapy (or “Chemo) is a drug used to treat cancer through the destruction of cancerous cells and tumors. It is most often administered through the veins or intravenously however some forms can be administered as a pill or topical cream. Chemotherapy is often used in combination with other cancer treatments such as surgery or radiation.
Chemo can treat both primary (located in one area of the body) and metastatic (has spread throughout the body) cancer. Patients undergoing chemotherapy may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss, lack of appetite, and fatigue. Oncologists work with patients to help them understand what to expect and how to navigate treatments.
Since its inception, chemotherapy has been a very effective way of treating cancer. If you or a loved one recently received a cancer diagnosis, know that the team at Schneck is here to support you.