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Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells (including leukaemia and lymphoma).
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells (including leukaemia and lymphoma). There are over 50 different chemotherapy drugs. These drugs can stop cancer cells dividing and reproducing themselves. Some are given on their own, but often several drugs are given together (combination chemotherapy). Chemotherapy may also be used with other types of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapies, or a combination of these.
The type of chemotherapy treatment given depends on:
Side effects associated with chemotherapy can include:
The cost of chemotherapy is covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the procedure will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation.
Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the consultant oncologist’s fee, the consultant radiologist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.
For further information or to book a consultation or treatment, please get in touch with our cancer enquiries team: Call us on 0800 157 7747
Content reviewed: October 2014