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Chemotherapy And Breast Cancer


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Chemotherapy is treatment with cancer-killing drugs that may be given injected or by mouth.

Chemotherapy can either be systemic (throughout the entire body) or targeted (only affects a particular area). When chemo is systemic, the drugs travel through the bloodstream to reach cancer cells in most parts of the body. 

Chemotherapy is often given with a combination of drugs to maximize effectiveness. Effectiveness is monitored during the course of treatment. If there are indications that the treatment is not working, a change in treatment is usually recommended.
Chemotherapy is generally given in cycles. Each period of treatment is followed by a recovery period. Treatment usually lasts for several months.

NOTE: If a family member or friend accompanies you to at least the first few treatments, anxiety levels are usually reduced.

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