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How is Chemotherapy Given?

There are many ways chemotherapy is administed to patients. This includes:

  • Injection - The chemotherapy is given by a shot in a muscle in your arm, thigh, or hip or right under the skin in the fatty part of your arm, leg, or belly.
  • Intra-arterial (IA) - The chemotherapy goes directly into the artery that is feeding the cancer.
  • Intraperitoneal (IP) - The chemotherapy goes directly into the peritoneal cavity (the area that contains organs such as your intestines, stomach, liver, and ovaries).
  • Intravenous (IV) - The chemotherapy goes directly into a vein.
  • Topically - The chemotherapy comes in a cream that you rub onto your skin.
  • Orally - The chemotherapy comes in pills, capsules, or liquids that you swallow.
The type of chemotherapy a patient recieves is dependent on:
  • The type of cancer you have
  • Whether you have had chemotherapy before
  • Whether you have other health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease 

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