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Do you get chemotherapy through an IV?

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Chemotherapy isn't always delivered through an IV. Your doctor may suggest one of these methods:

  • Shots in your arm, thigh, hip, leg, or belly
  • Through an infusion port, a device put underneath your skin that connects to a vein
  • A cream or gel that you rub on your skin
  • Pills, capsules, or liquids that you swallow

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Chemotherapy and You."

Mayo Clinic: "Chemotherapy."

American Cancer Society: "Getting Chemotherapy," "Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Chemotherapy and You."

Mayo Clinic: "Chemotherapy."

American Cancer Society: "Getting Chemotherapy," "Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 22, 2018

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