Let's discuss chemotherapy and you
Chemotherapy - where do we start when discussing such a complicated topic?
Chemotherapy (sometimes called chemo) uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Some chemotherapy drugs are given on their own. But more often, several chemotherapy drugs are given together. Chemotherapy may also be given together with other drug treatments, such as biological therapy.
Today, there are many different kinds of chemotherapy and combinations of chemotherapy drugs used to treat over 200 different types of cancer. The drugs you get for chemotherapy may be different from the drugs someone else gets. Even if you get the same drugs as someone else, your body may react to them differently. So the way you feel during treatment may be very different from how others feel.
Throughout the community you will find many posts about different aspects of chemo. Please contribute to our "Let's Discuss" topic for August - what to bring to chemo.
If you type the name of a drug into the "search" box at the top right, you will often find links to people who have taken drugs like your chemo. Here's some other interesting discussions.
Also, if you'd like to learn more about chemotherapy, you can download our booklet, Chemotherapy and Other Drug Therapies.
So let's discuss... what to bring to chemo.