Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. You may have it for any of the following reasons:
When chemotherapy is used
Your health care provider may recommend chemotherapy to treat colorectal cancer in any of the following situations:
Different ways you can get chemotherapy
Your health care provider has options for how to give you chemotherapy drugs. Depending on the specific drugs you are taking, you may get them in one of these ways:
To reduce the damage to healthy cells and to give them a chance to recover, chemotherapy is given in cycles. Your health care provider will decide if you need to get it daily, weekly, every few weeks, or monthly.
Chemotherapy is usually given in an outpatient setting. That means that you get it at a hospital, clinic, or health care provider's office, and you can go home after the treatment is given. You'll be watched for reactions during your treatments. Since each of your chemotherapy treatments may last for a while, you may want to take along something that is comforting to you, such as music to listen to. You may also want to bring something to keep you busy, such as a deck of cards or a book.