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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is provided on the second floor of The Compton Center. The treatment area offers warm interiors, soothing artwork, comfortable chairs, flat-screen televisions, and natural light from the large windows overlooking the Atrium campus. On-Demand TV and WiFi is also available. Our physicians and nursing staff provide excellent care and comfort, and we provide a variety of on-site services to assist you during your treatment.

Chemotherapy is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight cancer. You may have just one chemotherapy drug or a combination of different chemotherapies. Chemotherapy drugs, given by mouth or injection, attack the cancer cells directly. Because the medicines travel through the blood stream to the entire body, chemotherapy is considered a body-wide (systemic) treatment.

Depending on the type of cancer and its stage of development, chemotherapy services may be used to:

  • Treat the cancer
  • Keep the cancer from spreading
  • Ease symptoms when the cancer is too advanced

Because chemotherapy usually targets cells that quickly divide, it can affect normal as well as cancerous cells, causing side effects such as nausea, anemia, and hair loss. Other side effects include fatigue, nerve pain, and infection. The side effects of chemotherapy depend on many factors, including the type of cancer and specific drugs used. Newer chemotherapy drugs are better at targeting only the cancer cells and may cause fewer side effects.

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