Chemotherapy (also called chemo) is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, or infusion, or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. Chemotherapy at Hollings Cancer Center is administered by our team of Fellowship-trained Medical Oncologists who see patients at several locations conveniently located throughout the Lowcountry.
Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly.
Chemotherapy is used to:
When used with other treatments, chemotherapy can:
Chemotherapy is used to treat many types of cancer. For some people, chemotherapy may be the only treatment you receive. But most often, you will have chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. The types of treatment that you need depends on the type of cancer you have, if it has spread and where, and if you have other health problems.
There are many different chemotherapy drugs. Which ones are included in your treatment plan depends mostly on: