What is chemotherapy?
In general, chemotherapy involves the use of medications to shrink or kill cancerous cells. These medications may be taken intravenously (IV) or as pills.
There are many different types of chemotherapy available, and protocols vary between types of cancer. Additionally, new drugs are being developed at a rapid rate.
Who determines if I will receive chemotherapy?
Your medical oncologist - or doctor who specializes in medications for cancer treatment - will use evidence-based guidelines and clinical expertise to choose the drug, or combination of drugs, that will be the most effective for your tumor. Your physician will also choose treatments that will minimize side-effects as much as possible.
Where will I receive chemotherapy?
You can choose to receive your chemotherapy treatments at:
- Connecticut Oncology Group
- the Middlesex Health Cancer Center
- the Outpatient Infusion Center at Middlesex Hospital
- your doctor’s office