Our Chemotherapy Unit is a day unit with capacity to treat the patients at any time. The unit has a combination of beds and chairs for the comfort of our patients. Our staff work as a team and are dedicated to ensure the highest quality of holistic patient care. We endeavour to treat each patient as an individual and act as the patients’ advocate, in conjunction with family and significant others.
Chemotherapy is the use of any drug to treat any disease. But to most people, the word chemotherapy means drugs used for cancer treatment. It’s often shortened to “chemo.”
Surgery and radiation therapy remove, kill, or damage cancer cells in a certain area, but chemo can work throughout the whole body. This means chemo can kill cancer cells that have spread (metastasized) to parts of the body far away from the original (primary) tumor.
Goals of chemotherapy treatment
If doctor has recommended chemotherapy to treat cancer, it’s important to understand the goals of treatment when making treatment decisions. There are three main goals for chemotherapy (chemo) in cancer treatment:
Planning chemotherapy treatments
The doctor decide what drug or combination of drugs you will get. Doctor will choose the doses, how the drugs will be given, and how often and how long will get treatment. All of these decisions will depend on the type of cancer, where it is, how big it is, and how it affects the normal body functions and overall health.
Cancer can be treated with a single chemo drug, but often several drugs are used in a certain order or in certain combinations (called combination chemotherapy). Different drugs that work in different ways can work together to kill more cancer cells. This can also help lower the chance that the cancer may become resistant to any one chemo drug.
Sometimes chemo is the only treatment you need. More often, chemo is used with surgery or radiation therapy or both. Here’s why:
- Chemo may be used to shrink a tumor before surgery or radiation therapy. Chemo used in this way is called neoadjuvant
- It may be used after surgery or radiation therapy to help kill any remaining cancer cells. Chemo used in this way is called adjuvant
- It may be used with other treatments if your cancer comes back.