Chemotherapy Side Effects & Management

African American woman doctor office chemotherapyAccording to the American Cancer Society, chemotherapy (chemo) usually refers to the use of medicines or drugs to treat cancer.

How does chemotherapy work?

There are more than 100 chemo drugs used to treat cancer – either alone or in combination with other drugs or treatments – each “very different in their chemical composition, how they are taken, their usefulness in treating specific forms of cancer, and their side effects,” says the American Cancer Society.

There are three main goals of chemo, which include: cure, control, and palliation.