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Chemotherapy, commonly referred to as chemo, is the use of chemical compounds (drugs) that kill cancer cells used to treat cancer.
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses powerful drugs to destroy fast growing cancer cells, and prevent them from multiplying. Your doctor will determine which drugs to administer based on the type, stage and severity of your cancer, as well as your overall health and ability to tolerate these medications. Genetic testing may also be used to determine the best drug option or overall treatment for you.
Oftentimes chemotherapy is used in conjunction with other therapies such as immunotherapies, surgery and radiation therapy.
If you’d like more information about your or a loved one’s cancer care, or to receive a second opinion about a diagnosis, our team is here to help.
Depending on your specific cancer, your chemotherapy treatments may be given in the following ways:
Chemo is commonly administered in cycles to give the body a chance to rest and recover., as these drugs can potentially affect healthy cells as well These chemo cycles may be given daily, weekly, every few weeks, or monthly. Since it is hard to predict how you will feel after chemo, it is important to have someone accompany you to your appointments so they can help you get home safely. If you do not have a support person, your Inspira cancer coordinator can help connect you with needed services.
While chemo can be quite effective in treating certain cancers, they also affect our healthy cells and impact other parts of the body, not just cancer cells. As a result, there can be many side effects during treatment. Your care team at Inspira will work to proactively manage any side effects of treatment by utilizing supportive medications and holistic approaches. Being able to anticipate these side effects can help you and your caregivers prepare and, in some cases, prevent these symptoms from occurring.
The most common side effects of chemotherapy can include, but are not limited to:
Many of these side effects can be prevented or managed with treatment, and most will subside after treatment ends. Your care team will provide you with a survivorship care plan, which includes managing any long term side effects after your treatment is completed.
We combine cutting-edge medical technology with a human touch, allowing us to provide experienced care. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained oncology physicians are well-versed in the latest cancer treatments and are equipped with advanced technologies that can increase your chances for a successful recovery. We also understand that navigating the ups and downs of life with cancer can be overwhelming, which is why we provide a built-in support system of nurse and patient navigators, social workers, physical therapists and registered dietitians so you and your family don’t have to walk the path to recovery alone.
Inspira’s oncology physicians take a multi-faceted approach to detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer by looking at your condition from a holistic perspective. Whether you’re just beginning treatment or are a cancer-free survivor, we take everything—genetics, lifestyle habits and other risk factors—into account when designing your care plan. By treating the whole person rather than just the disease itself, we’re able to offer a more targeted, personalized experience.
Inspira participates in clinical trials to explore new ways to prevent, detect or treat cancer. Clinical trials can also focus on other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with cancer. Participants help others and may also benefit from receiving the newest treatment along with additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.
When you’re not distracted by a long commute to your medical provider, you have more energy to focus on what’s important: your health and healing.. Residents of South Jersey need not travel far to get the best in cancer care—with multiple cancer centers in Southern New Jersey, Inspira delivers a full breadth of cancer services close to where you live.
Cancer care and services are offered at our convenient medical center locations.
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