Chemotherapy uses powerful drugs to kill cancer cells, control their growth or relieve pain symptoms. Chemotherapy may involve a single drug or a combination of two or more drugs, depending on your type of cancer and its rate of progression.
What it is
Our nurses specialize in chemotherapy symptom management and are an excellent resource for patients. If you have questions or concerns about your chemotherapy or infusion therapy, you are welcome to call or schedule an appointment to get the help you need.
We have twelve chemotherapy/IV therapy suites and all rooms have heated, reclining chairs with massage capabilities. The rooms are also equipped with flat screen televisions and extra chairs for visitors.
Parking is conveniently located close to the medical center entrance.
Chemotherapy and infusion therapy services are also available to patients who are receiving care from a doctor not affiliated with Cambridge Medical Center or Minnesota Oncology.
Good to know
Our team will provide consultation to your regular physician who will continue to manage your care.
If you experience side effects from your chemotherapy treatment, our care team will work with you to manage the symptoms. Once side effects have been identified, a plan of care will be determined for treating the side effects.
Treatment may incorporate medications and/or referrals to other services available such as nutrition consultation and occupational or physical therapy.
Diagnosis and treatment
The different types of chemotherapy include:
- standard chemotherapy, which works by killing cancer cells and some normal cells
- targeted treatment and immunotherapy zero in on specific molecules in or on cancer cells.
Depending on the type of cancer and where it is found, chemotherapy drugs may be given different ways, including:
- injections or shots into the muscles, under the skin or in an artery or vein (IV)
- pills taken by mouth
- shots into the fluid around the spinal cord or brain.
When chemotherapy is given over a longer period, a thin catheter can be placed into a large vein near the heart. This is called a central line. The catheter is placed during a minor surgery.
Chemotherapy is most often given in cycles. These cycles may last 1 day, several days, or a few weeks or more. There will usually be a rest period when no chemotherapy is given between each cycle. A rest period may last for days, weeks, or months. This allows the body and blood counts to recover before the next dose.
Source: Allina Health Cancer Care
Reviewed by: Allina Health Cancer Care
First published: 9/25/2019
Last reviewed: 9/25/2019