Chemotherapy at Huntington Hospital
Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with use of drugs. The drugs used for lung cancer are usually given either orally or intravenously (IV). Chemotherapy drugs work by stopping cancer cells from dividing or multiplying, targeting cells that grow and divide quickly. Some chemotherapy agents target cells at a specific part of the cell cycle, and some may destroy cancer cells at any part of the cell cycle. Chemotherapy is unique in that it can reach cancer cells in any area of the body, unlike surgery and radiation which target a local area.
Some kinds of chemotherapy drugs are given alone, and others are given in combination with other drugs, which is called a chemotherapy regimen. Dosing schedules will vary depending on the particular regimen you are on.
Chemotherapy is given in cycles, with each period of treatment followed by a recovery period. You and your Medical Oncologist will decide which regimen is right for you.
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The benefits of chemotherapy.
Coping with the side effects of chemotherapy.