Your Chemotherapy Treatment

Chemotherapy may be given in different ways, depending on the type of cancer you have and the chemotherapy drugs used.

  • By 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 maybe  taken at home
  • Injection under the skin (subcutaneous chemotherapy) usual 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.

Attending for chemotherapy guide (1.5mb)
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This short film should help to give you an idea about what to expect, and what the chemotherapy day unit looks like.