You get chemotherapy as a pill or in a vein daily, weekly, or every 2-4 weeks. You may get one drug or a combination of them. Your treatment plan is designed for your particular situation.
If your veins are hard to find, you may get a catheter in a large vein. These devices are inserted by a surgeon or radiologist and have an opening to the skin, allowing chemotherapy medications to be given. They can also be used to give fluids or take blood samples. Once chemotherapy is finished, your catheter will be removed.
Monitoring Your Treatment
Your doctor will check you regularly to see how your body is handling the chemotherapy. He'll do regular blood tests to count the number of blood cells you have. If you have too few red blood cells or white blood cells, you may get injections to boost them. If you have too few platelets, which clot blood, you may need a blood transfusion. Your chemotherapy may be postponed until white blood cells or platelets recover.
You may also get imaging scans to see how well the chemotherapy is working.