A medical oncologist specializes in the use of medicines, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormonal therapy to treat cancer. These medicines, usually referred to as chemotherapy, are most often given into a patient’s veins (intravenous), injected under their skin (subcutaneous), or taken by mouth in pill form.
Your medical oncologist will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs. Please keep in mind that everyone’s treatment plan is unique to them, so patients with the same diagnosis could receive different therapies, be on a different schedule, and experience different side effects. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor or nurse.
The medical oncologists work with specially trained and certified oncology nurses who will administer the chemotherapy and monitor you for side effects. The chemotherapy nurses are a great resource for tips and practical advice to help with side effects. They will teach you about what side effects to look for once you are home since many of the drugs used to treat cancer have delayed or potential long-term side effects. If you experience any side effects at any time during or after your treatment, please let your doctor, physician assistant or nurse know. There are many ways to help, so please just let us know!
Below are some of the most common side effects patients experience from chemotherapy, and some ways to minimize or avoid those effects.
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