What is chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that works by killing the cancer cells or halting 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 several treatment sessions, 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 are receiving, and your sensitivity to the substance. You might experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or hair loss. You are also at a heightened risk of infections, anemia, nose bleeds, or small hemorrhaging 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.