Chemotherapy uses medications to destroy cancer cells. It works especially well on tumors that grow quickly, including acute myelogenous leukemia and Hodgkin disease.
The treatment also kills some healthy cells in your bone marrow, digestive system and hair follicles. Chemotherapy’s side effects are usually temporary, and we’ll help you manage them. If it’s appropriate for your specific situation, you may receive targeted chemotherapy, a new treatment that attacks only cancer cells and reduces side effects.
A nurse will likely administer chemotherapy through a needle inserted into your vein. But you might instead take medication by swallowing it or applying it to your skin. No matter how your chemotherapy is delivered, we’ll make sure you receive the right dose for your body size and stage of cancer.
Depending on your specific health needs, you’ll get treatment as either an outpatient or inpatient.