Chemotherapy attacks cancer cells as they are growing and dividing. Chemotherapy may be used to shrink tumors before surgery, and then used afterward to destroy remaining cancer cells and help prevent the spread or recurrence of cancer after surgery.

Chemotherapy may be used alone or in combination with radiation, surgery and/or other medical therapies, such as hormones. Most individuals receive chemotherapy as an outpatient service, and it may be delivered on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule. Your oncologist will discuss this with you.

As chemotherapy works, the resulting side effects can often be hard to manage. Your oncologist and Rapides Cancer Center’s oncology nurse navigator are here to help answer any questions and manage your side effects during treatment.