What is chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that works by killing the cancer cells and slowing cell division. During treatment, chemicals called cytostatics will be administered into the bloodstream, from where they will spread throughout the entire body.
What to expect?
Chemotherapy is often administered intravenously (by IV). You will have to come in several times for treatment, with time to rest in between your appointments. Chemotherapy can also be administered orally as a pill, or through an injection.
What are the side effects?
Different people respond differently to the treatment. The exact side effects you will experience depend on the type of chemotherapy you will receive, and your sensitivity. You might experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or hair loss. You are also at a heightened risk of infections, anaemia, nose bleeds, or small haemorrhaging on the skin. We will try and make the chemotherapy as comfortable as possible for you.
Chemotherapy can affect your fertility. You might want to consider freezing your eggs or embryos prior to the treatment. Your physician will discuss your options with you.