Chemotherapy (chemo) treatment plans may use a single medication or a combination (or "cocktail") of medications 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 medications 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 medication 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
Next: Chemo Treatment Goals
The Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide can help you understand your
risk of infection
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.