Chemotherapy can be a single medication or a combination of medications that are used to kill growing cancer cells. Chemotherapy is given in cycles. After treatment, time is set aside for the body to build healthy cells before the next treatment. During this resting time, the body goes through different phases as it mends. Your doctor or nurse will help you learn what to expect during this phase of your cycle.

The Goals of Chemotherapy

  • To cure cancer
  • Cause remission (no active symptoms of disease)
  • Kill any cancer cells remaining after surgery
  • Control cancer for a period of time
  • Reduce symptoms such as pain