St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center
Chemotherapy is the use of powerful drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be given orally or through an intravenous (IV) injection. Usually, chemotherapy is given on an outpatient basis. You have a session of chemotherapy, then a break for your body to recover, and then another treatment session.
You can receive the chemotherapy at the state-of-the-art Infusion Center, staffed by St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center's skilled and experienced oncology nurses and doctors. Because chemotherapy affects your entire body, there are often unpleasant side effects. At St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center, our team is concerned with managing your pain and other symptoms to make you as comfortable as possible.
You may receive chemotherapy alone, or in combination with other treatments:
- Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is given prior to surgery or any other treatment. The goal is to shrink the tumor as much as possible, making it easier to destroy during subsequent treatments.
- Adjuvant chemotherapy is given after surgery or other treatment to help destroy remaining cells and prevent the cancer from returning.
- Radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be given together, to increase effectiveness.