If chemotherapy is needed, a medical/oncologist will coordinate this part of your care. Penn medical oncologists have a great deal of experience in the use of chemotherapy as part of an overall cancer treatment program and in chemotherapy research. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. Depending upon the kind of cancer and its stage of development, chemotherapy can be used to:
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Chemotherapy drugs work by attacking cancer cells and slowing or stopping the cell's ability to grow and multiply. Cancer cells go through many steps to grow. There are many types of chemotherapy drugs and each interferes with cell growth at a different step. Certain chemotherapy drugs are given only for certain diseases.
The most common ways to give chemotherapy are:
Chemotherapy drugs can be delivered to specific body areas by using special techniques. Some examples are:
The Abramson Cancer Center's chemotherapy suites offer: