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Do you have to stay overnight in the hospital to get chemotherapy?

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A hospital isn't the only place for chemo. You may also get treatment at home, in your doctor's office, at a clinic, or in an outpatient wing of a hospital where you don't have to stay overnight. Where you get treatment, what type of chemotherapy you have, and how often you get it depend on a number of things, including:

  • The type of cancer you have and how advanced it is
  • Whether you had chemo before
  • Other health problems, like diabetes or heart disease
  • Your goals and preferences

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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