Introduction to Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs or medications to treat disease, a method of cancer treatment. The medications enter the body and circulate, seeking to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be used alone or as part of a treatment plan that could include surgery, radiation therapy or biotherapy. There are several goals when using chemotherapy; cure, gaining control of cancer, and palliation (relief of symptoms). Some types of cancer respond best to chemotherapy medications, others react best with several treatment options combined.

It is understandable that you may be anxious about starting chemotherapy. Gaining a better understanding of how the mediations work, what they do to your body, and what changes they may cause can help you overcome some of your fears and anxiety.

Our Introduction to Chemotherapy video is meant to help you be more comfortable with the treatment options available to you.