Chemotherapy is the process of slowing down the progression of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly, through application of powerful intravenous or oral medication. Chemotherapy has different effects on different types of cancers. It can be used to ease symptoms or destroy the cancer cells completely. It is also used to shrink tumors prior to surgery or radiation therapy.
Sometimes in treatment, healthy cells in the patient’s body are affected by the chemotherapy medication, resulting in side effects, such as hair loss. Other side effects include nausea, fatigue, and depression. Each person can be affected differently, and these normally temporary side effects resolve after chemotherapy is finished.
One of the major benefits of the partnership involved with the Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin is the localized care, which includes chemotherapy. In most cases patients will be able to receive this treatment in their local hospital or specialty clinic.