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When you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, you want an experienced oncology team with a proven track record.
What is chemotherapy?
Based on your condition, your physician discusses your treatment options and whether chemotherapy is right for you. In most cases, your oncologist administers your chemotherapy treatments intravenously, but some are taken orally, by injection, or as creams or gels applied to the skin to treat some forms of skin cancer.
When you undergo chemotherapy, your treatment occurs in repeating cycles. These cycles vary depending on your type of cancer and the chemotherapy drugs being used.
Why do I need chemotherapy?
Your oncologist might recommend chemotherapy for a variety of reasons, including:
- Your primary treatment for killing cancer cells in your body
- Shrinking tumors to prepare you for other cancer treatments, like surgery
- Relieving signs or symptoms of your disease
In addition to treating cancer, your provider might also recommend chemotherapy to control immune system disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, or to prepare your bone marrow for stem cell transplants.
What are the side effects of chemotherapy?
Possible Side Effects
- Hair loss
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Constipation and loss of appetite
- Fatigue and fever
- Mouth sores and easy bruising
What can I expect during chemotherapy?
During your infusion, your provider strives to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. They provide a pillow and warm blankets, though you’re welcome to bring these types of personal items from home if you prefer.
The experienced team also understands the importance of encouragement and support during chemotherapy. They recommend bringing someone with you but limiting the number of guests to one, so everyone at the infusion center can have a similar and positive experience. Because chemotherapy drugs are powerful, children aren’t allowed in the treatment area.
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8121 Rourk Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
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4620 Highway 17 South, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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