Why you might need chemotherapy
If you are receiving chemotherapy it has been prescribed by your oncologist to kill or control the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be used to shrink a tumour before other treatments are given, such as surgery or radiotherapy, or to stop cancerous cells from returning after treatment. It can also treat cancer that has spread throughout the body and may sometimes be prescribed as a palliative treatment to minimise symptoms.
How you receive chemotherapy
Chemotherapy can be given to inpatients who are staying at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, or if you are an outpatient you will receive your chemotherapy in the Day Oncology Unit. Some chemotherapy treatments can be given orally or administered via a small medication pump which patients take home.