Chemotherapy may be given in different ways, depending on the type of cancer you have and the chemotherapy drugs used.
The way the treatment is administered may include:
- injection or a ‘drip’ directly into a vein (intravenous chemotherapy)
- by mouth as tablets or capsules (oral chemotherapy) this is just as effective as other types of chemotherapy but is usually given as an outpatient, or may be taken at home
- injection under the skin (subcutaneous chemotherapy) usually a fairly quick procedure, using a very fine needle
- into the bladder – to treat early bladder cancer. Liquid chemotherapy drugs are given directly into the bladder through a catheter, which is removed when treatment is finished.