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Types of Chemotherapy

More than 100 drugs are in use for chemotherapy, including chemotherapy agents, that all serve to interrupt specific cell functions. Each has a specific role in treating cancer. For example, there are drugs that attack a cell in a specific phase of its cycle, such as during its growth period or resting phase. Other medications seek to prevent or reduce reproduction by altering the cell’s DNA. A precise mix of diversified drugs allows all four phases of cell division to be attacked. This variety helps doctors zero in on the drugs that will work best for a particular case of cancer. Just a few of the different types include:

  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Aperitoneal Chemotherapy
  • Cytotoxic (Cytoxan) Chemotherapy
  • Gemcitabine Chemotherapy
  • Metronomic Chemotherapy
  • Taxane Chemotherapy
  • Treanda Chemotherapy
  • Vincristine Chemotherapy

Your doctor will decide which chemotherapy drugs will be most appropriate for the type of cancer diagnosed, also taking into consideration any prior chemotherapy treatments, and additional health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease. Sometimes, chemotherapy is the only cancer treatment used. More often, chemotherapy is used in combination with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy, or biological therapy. For instance, chemotherapy can make a tumor smaller before surgery, or destroy cancer cells that may remain after surgery or radiation therapy.

Locations for Chemotherapy