What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. It works by destroying or slowing the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy mainly affects fast-growing cells, like cancer cells. There are many different types of chemotherapy drugs. Usually, people have several at the same time but sometimes people have only one drug. Your oncologist will discuss your treatment options with you.

You may like to read more information about chemotherapy. It is sometimes worrying to read about the possible side effects of chemotherapy.

This Understanding Chemotherapy booklet provides explanations and that may be helpful and dispel some of your concerns and fears. It explains the use of chemotherapy, how it is given, the possible side effects and how to manage them, special issues, diet and supportive care.