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Premier Chemotherapy in Orlando for Treating Gynecologic Cancer

Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective chemotherapy in Orlando to treat a wide variety of gynecologic cancers. Chemotherapy has been around since the 1950s and is often the first choice for treating many forms of cancer. Chemotherapy has been extensively tested and while it has some unpleasant side effects, it is one of the most effective methods known for treating cancer. To learn more about how we treat gynecologic cancer with chemotherapy in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Chemotherapy (aka "Chemo") as a Cancer Treatment
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How Chemotherapy Drugs Work to Treat Gynecologic Cancers

More than 100 drugs are in use today for chemotherapy. Each has a specific use or role in treating cancer. For example, there are drugs that attack a cell in a specific phase of it's cycle, such as during its growth period or resting phase. This helps doctors zero in on the drugs that will work best for a particular case of cancer. Of course, chemotherapy drugs can’t yet tell the difference between a healthy cell and a cancerous one.

If a drug is supposed to attack a reproducing cell, it attacks all the ones in the region. A delicate balance has to be struck during treatment to balance the destruction of healthy cells with the destruction of the cancerous ones. The goal throughout is to destroy as many cancer cells as possible while sparing the normal cells. The death of the healthy cells causes the side effects you often hear about, such as hair loss or bone marrow suppression (neutropenia, aneuria).

Chemo drugs are delivered in one of the following ways:

  • Pill form. You can often take these pills at home under a doctor’s direction. Chemotherapy drugs may also come in liquid form.
  • Injection. Some forms of chemo are delivered by injection, much like a flu shot. It can be administered in the doctor’s office, the hospital, a clinic or at home.
  • Intravenously. This is the most common way chemotherapy is delivered. It is sent directly into the veins through a needle or catheter. It’s commonly known as an IV injection.
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How Long Does Chemo Take?

Chemo may be administered in a single day, over the course of a week or even once a month. The frequency of chemotherapy depends largely on the type of cancer you have and type of drug or drugs you have been prescribed. How long you are involved in chemotherapy depends on how the cancer is responding to treatment and how you are reacting to the drugs. Our specialized gynecology cancer care physicians and support team will work with you and your family to develop a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your needs. 

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Clinical Trials for Chemotherapy Treatments

The Gynecologic Oncology Center offers patients a wide range of clinical trials for chemotherapy treatments that are not yet available to the general public. Clinical trials are highley regulated by oversight committees and are the vehicle of clinical research that allows new information about cancer therapy to progress and become "standard of care".  If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, ask one of our oncologist about your options and clinical trial availability.

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Request an Appointment

To learn more about how we treat gynecologic cancer with chemotherapy in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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