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Chemotherapy Treatment in Orlando

Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers excellence in chemotherapy in Orlando for residents of Central Florida and the surrounding regions. Chemotherapy isn't usually used as a primary treatment for brain tumors. Rather, it is most effective as a follow-up to surgery or radiation therapy. It can also be used with patients who have recurrent or slowly progressing tumors who have already received initial rounds of treatment. To learn more about chemotherapy in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

How Chemotherapy Treatment Works

If chemotherapy is employed, doctors at the Florida Hospital Brain and Spine Tumor Program will administer it orally, send it into the bloodstream via an IV or inject it directly into the central nervous system. Once inside the body, the anti-tumor drugs seek out the growths and either kill the cells or prevent them from dividing. If surgeons have removed the tumor, they may elect to put a wafer of chemotherapy drugs into the site of the tumor. This wafer then dissolves, delivering anti-tumor drugs directly to the location where the brain tumor was growing.

The Future of Chemotherapy

Though it has been used as a treatment for the last 30 years, the role of chemotherapy continues to evolve. New therapies are constantly being developed, including those that address genetic characteristics in specific brain tumors that make them sensitive to the effects of new generations of chemotherapy drugs. Doctors at the Florida Hospital Brain and Spine Tumor Program may discuss these new drugs with you and how you can access them through clinical trials. As a leading brain tumor research facility, the program has access to advanced clinical trials that aren't available elsewhere in the region.

Spinal Cord Chemotherapy

Depending on the type of cancer you are diagnosed with and its location in or around the spine, chemotherapy may or may not be used in your treatment. The goal of chemotherapy is to destroy cancerous cells throughout the entire body. It is administered intravenously (through an IV), by pill or by injection. 

There are more than 100 chemotherapy medications that can be used in combination to best treat your cancer. You and your physician will decide what drug or combination of medications you will get. Then, your physician at the Florida Hospital Brain and Spinal Cancer Program will choose the doses, how the drugs will be given, and how often and how long you will get treatment. 

Most people are concerned with the side effects that chemotherapy is known to bring such as nausea, vomiting and hair loss. Doctors at the Florida Hospital Brain and Spinal Cancer Program will monitor these and may prescribe medications to help you manage any side effects you experience.

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To learn more about 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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