Chemotherapy And Breast Cancer
Chemotherapy is treatment with cancer-killing drugs that may be given injected or by mouth.
Chemotherapy can either be systemic (throughout the entire body) or targeted (only affects a particular area). When chemo is systemic, the drugs travel through the bloodstream to reach cancer cells in most parts of the body.
Chemotherapy is often given with a combination of drugs to maximize effectiveness. Effectiveness is monitored during the course of treatment. If there are indications that the treatment is not working, a change in treatment is usually recommended.
Chemotherapy is generally given in cycles. Each period of treatment is followed by a recovery period. Treatment usually lasts for several months.
NOTE: If a family member or friend accompanies you to at least the first few treatments, anxiety levels are usually reduced.
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