It's tough to be in your shoes right now. But it may help to know that many have made this journey and found hope by preparing for what lies ahead. Reading about chemotherapy, or chemo for short—what it is, how it works, how to manage chemo side effects—is probably something you wish you didn't have to do.

But you are here now.

And so are we.

Our goal is to provide knowledge to help you prepare for and navigate your chemo journey. Learning what you can do now is a good place to start.

Working With Your Doctor

Chemotherapy (chemo) is only one way to treat cancer. You may also have surgery, radiation therapy, or other forms of treatment. Chemo can treat cancer in a specific area or throughout the body. Your oncologist will create a treatment plan using specific medications to be given on a certain schedule to meet your treatment goals. Working on these goals with your doctor and care team may be your best bet. Here are some things to discuss with your doctor:

  • Ask your doctor about what treatment goals are best for you
  • Ask your doctor questions about what you can expect during chemo
  • Form a support network of friends and family who will be there when you need help
  • Work with your doctor and care team throughout your treatment to manage chemo side effects

Learn more chemo basics.

There's hope in knowing that others have managed chemo with success. We hope to help you do the same.

  • The Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide can help you understand your
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    Infection can be a serious side effect of strong chemo. Find out the factors that affect your risk of infection. Simply answer a few questions, and then print your results to share with your doctor.

    Use the Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide to find out more.

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