Southside Cancer Care Centre offers a range of medical services necessary for patients throughout their cancer journey, with the aim to maximise convenience and minimise unecessary patient stress.
These services include;
Chemotherapy uses drugs, called cytotoxic drugs, to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. There are many different types of chemotherapy drugs. Sometimes only one drug is used but often two or more drugs are given at the same time. This is called combination treatment.
The medication patients receive can also affect normal cells which may cause side effects. The type of side effects will vary depending on treatment and the type of chemotherapy.
This takes into consideration the type of cancer, where in the body it started, what the cancer cells look like under the microscope and whether they have spread.
Chemotherapy can be given intravenously, which is into the veins via a cannula, central line or orally. Other forms of drugs include hormonal treatment, immune system modulators, conjugated antibody therapies as well as other specialised drugs. You might take these drugs before or after surgery, with radiation treatment, or by themselves.
Together you and your doctor will decide on a treatment plan and develop a schedule that works for you.