Learn About Chemotherapy at the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
For patients looking for state-of-the-art cancer treatment delivered with compassionate care, the Cancer Institute at INTEGRIS is the top choice. Oklahomans across the state can rely on cancer experts at INTEGRIS Cancer Institute for quality and personal care.
Chemotherapy is one of the most common cancer-fighting medicines used in cancer treatment. Its main method of function is to interfere with cancerous cells’ ability to develop and multiply. A number of different types of chemotherapy drugs are available for cancer treatment. A patient may be prescribed a combination of a few types of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy may also be prescribed in tandem with additional treatments, like radiation or surgery.
What to expect
One of the most commonly known aspects of chemotherapy treatment is its side-effects. Chemotherapy is usually delivered to the whole body, therefore affecting the whole body along with the target tumor. It is important for oncologists and chemotherapy patients to be in constant communication before, during, and after chemotherapy treatment in order to best prevent and manage those symptoms. It may also be possible to receive chemotherapy in a way that reduces its effects on the whole body.
A variety of methods of chemotherapy delivery are possible, including directly into a body cavity, as a pill, getting a shot in the muscle or fat tissue, through an intravenous line, or topically on the skin.
Chemotherapy sessions are typically outpatient visits to the hospital. They take a few hours, after which patients usually can go home.