When people have cancer, chemotherapy is often used in an attempt to kill cancer cells. It is a drug treatment, and there are many different types of chemotherapy drugs. Chemotherapy can be administered through a vein in your arm, through a port inserted specifically for chemotherapy administration, or via a pill. Chemotherapy is also sometimes sent directly to the site of the tumor.
Chemotherapy drugs are usually given in a series of treatments over a period of weeks or months. Treatment protocols call for breaks of time between treatments to allow the body to recover from the effects of chemotherapy.. Although it is a common and often effective cancer treatment, chemotherapy can also cause side effects, and the body needs time to recuperate between doses of the drugs.
If you are concerned about lung cancer or other lung diseases, please contact your physician to discuss ways to reduce your risk and whether or not you should be screened for cancer. If you do not have a physician, you may request a first time appointment with a member of our thoracic oncology team by calling 312-695-3800 or call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.