Chemotherapy, or chemo, is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. It's often used along with surgery, radiation therapy, or biological therapy, and is administered in the hospital, a doctor's office, clinic, or home in regular treatment cycles. Side effects can include nausea, hair loss, weight loss , digestive problems, and fatigue. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of chemotherapy, chemotherapy's side effects, and much more.
How Chemotherapy Works
Learn about the different types of chemotherapy drugs and how they fight cancer.
Your Chemotherapy Checklist: 10 Ways to Get Ready
Before you start chemo, plan ahead by making arrangements for the things you might face at home.
12 Ways to Handle Hair Loss From Chemotherapy
You can’t prevent hair loss from chemotherapy, but there are many things you can do to get through it.
Chemotherapy: How It Works and How You’ll Feel
Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Unlike radiation or surgery, which target specific areas, chemotherapy can work throughout your body.
Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy: Know Your Treatment Options
If you have ovarian cancer, you may feel overwhelmed by your diagnosis and treatment plan. WebMD explains chemotherapy for ovarian cancer and what you need to know about your treatment options.
6 Things You Didn't Know About Chemo
Are you or a loved one going to get chemotherapy? You may be surprised by some of the side effects and ways some people handle them. Find out what may help you get through it feeling as good as possible.
Chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer: Managing Side Effects
Coping with ovarian cancer can be overwhelming. Learn how to manage chemotherapy side effects and ease the stress associated with ovarian cancer treatment.
Cancer Treatment: What You Can Do to Get Ready
There’s no preparing for a cancer diagnosis. But when it comes to cancer treatment, there are things you can do to get ready for what’s ahead.
Coping With Memory Loss and Cancer
Dr. Julie Silver, a cancer survivor, has personal knowledge on how to cope with chemo-induced memory loss .
Precision Medicine for Cancer Treatment
By studying the genes of your cancer cells, doctors can choose the most effective and least toxic treatment.
Avoid Nausea During Chemo Treatment
In addition to taking drugs that combat nausea during chemotherapy treatments, there are simple things patients can do.