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Chemotherapy is the use of a type of strong cytotoxic medicine to destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by specifically targeting fast-growing cells, which includes most cancer cells. Most chemotherapy is systemic, i.e. administered into the bloodstream.

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Chemotherapy is the use of a type of strong cytotoxic (toxic to cells) medicine to destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by specifically targeting fast-growing cells, which includes most cancer cells. Most chemotherapy is systemic, i.e. administered into the bloodstream, but in some cases, it’s delivered directly to the cancer site (local chemotherapy). Chemotherapy might be combined with, or used before or after, other cancer treatments including surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

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05 Mar 2022
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Kathryn Hamilton
27 Mar 2022
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30 Mar 2022
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very clear and informative
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18 May 2022
Holistic!! Great read!
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Julie Garthe
08 Mar 2022
Informative without information overload.
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Good and useful information.
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Karen Thomas-Weston
10 May 2022
Excellent information on chemotherapy and it's effects on the patient. I was unaware of these particular effects. I highly recommend this article.
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