Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs (injected or taken by mouth) to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells that grow and divide rapidly, but it can also affect healthy cells. Damage to healthy cells can cause side effects, but most of the time, the side effects disappear when chemotherapy treatment is completed.
Depending on the type of cancer and how advanced it is, chemotherapy can:
How is chemotherapy used?
Sometimes chemotherapy is used as the only procedure in cancer treatment. Most often, however, chemotherapy is used in combination with surgery, radiotherapy or hormone therapy.
In this sense, chemotherapy can:
At the Amethyst clinic, we use neoadjuvant chemotherapy to radiosensitise cancer cells, as well as concurrent radiotherapy treatment according to international protocols, on an outpatient basis.
At our centre, patients benefit from a welcoming environment and round-the-clock care during radiotherapy sessions.
The day hospital department has 4 wards for chemotherapy treatment. Dedicated staff are on hand with any information you need to understand how this treatment works and how you can manage possible side effects that may occur during treatment.