Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow down the growth of cancer cells. It is given to patients either as tablets, or intravenously. Chemotherapy circulates in the bloodstream and can treat cancer cells throughout most of the body. Chemotherapy drugs target and destroy cells that are rapidly dividing, or growing. Sometimes normal cells can also be affected, which can cause side effects. It can be a standalone treatment or it can be part of a treatment plan that includes surgery and radiation therapy. It can can also be part of a palliative care plan.


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.

Day Oncology, ONJ Centre

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Monday to Friday 8am-5pm 

Receiving your care as an inpatient

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