Chemotherapy treatment plans may use a single drug or a combination (or "cocktail") of drugs that can be delivered in more than one way. You may receive chemo in one or more of the following forms:


  • Injection. Types of injection include:
    • Subcutaneous (SQ): Chemo given as a shot just under the skin
    • Intramuscular (IM): Chemo given as a shot directly into a muscle
    • Intravenous (IV): Chemo given as a shot directly into a vein
  • IV infusion: Chemo drugs are dripped through a tube that is attached to a needle and put into a vein
  • Oral: Chemo taken by mouth as a pill or liquid
  • Topical: A cream containing the chemo drug that is rubbed into the skin
  • Intra-arterial (IA): Chemo delivered into an artery that is connected to the tumor
  • Intraperitoneal (IP): Chemo given directly into the area that contains the intestines, stomach, liver, ovaries, etc. This area is called the peritoneal cavity

Learn more about treatment plans, cycles, and schedules.

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    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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