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Most often, when people think cancer care, they think of chemotherapy. And it’s not surprising considering that chemotherapy is often a part of primary as well as adjuvant therapies. Through chemotherapy treatments, strong medication, when delivered at high enough dosages, kills cancer cells. Chemotherapy is often very effective because it is known as systemic care – it is delivered to the entire body – so that cancer cells that may have been missed during the primary treatment can be eradicated.

Because chemotherapy is delivered to the entire body, however, healthy cells are also impacted by the medication. This damage to healthy cells is what causes chemotherapy patients to have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and hair loss. Once treatment ends, however, healthy cells typically rebound quite quickly and patients will see their symptoms begin to ease.

Chemotherapy treatments can be given alone or in combination with other cancer therapies.

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