Chemo is a type of treatment that includes a drug or combination of drugs to treat cancer. The goal of chemo is to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy is considered a systemic therapy. This means it may affect your entire body. Chemo drugs target rapidly growing cancer cells, but they can also affect healthy cells that grow rapidly. The effect of these drugs on both cancer and normal cells often causes chemo side effects. For example:

The good news is that many of these chemo side effects can be managed.

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  • The Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide can help you understand your
    chance for infection

    Infection can be a serious result of chemo. Find out the factors that affect your chance 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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