What is Chemotherapy (Infographic)

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Chemotherapy is a used to treat cancer. Cancer cells are fast growing so chemotherapy uses drugs to stop or slow the growth of cancer by targeting cells that grow and divide quickly. As a result, it can help control cancer growth, ease symptoms or cure cancer altogether.

Chemotherapy can be administered in a number of ways:

  • Injection
  • Intravenous
  • Intra-arterial
  • Intraperitoneal
  • Topical
  • Oral

Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Unfortunately, our body naturally has fast-growing cells like blood cells, hair, stomach lining, intestines, skin and bone marrow. That’s where the side effects commonly show up.

Side effects can include:

  • Anemia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Appetite changes
  • Hair loss
  • Bruising
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation

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