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Chemotherapy at St. Mary’s

When you receive chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Care Center, we understand that you are not just fighting against cancer—you are also fighting for the things that matter in life. That is why our staff provides you with more than just medicine. We offer you truly compassionate care that you will find only at St. Mary’s.

What is Chemotherapy and how does it work?

Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment using drugs that are given intravenously through an injection or by mouth. These drugs destroy cancer cells by impeding their growth and reproduction. Your doctor may recommend chemotherapy alone or in conjunction with radiation therapy or surgery depending on what course your team decides is best.

The downside to chemotherapy is that its side effects can be unpleasant including nausea, vomiting, hair loss and mouth sores. Your doctor will use new and effective approaches to prevent or moderate these side effects to make treatment as painless as possible.  In addition to the standard chemotherapy protocols, your doctor continually revises chemotherapy protocols to reflect new and better treatment, including many clinical studies available as treatment options.