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How will I know if chemotherapy is working?

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Your oncologist will watch your body’s response during and after treatment.

She’ll look for signs that your tumor is shrinking or growing. She’ll use tests like physical exams, blood tests, or imaging scans like X-rays.

If your treatment doesn’t seem to be working, she might give you a different dose or a mix of other treatments.

From: How Chemotherapy Works WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania: “Chemotherapy Primer: Why? What? And How?”

American Cancer Society: “Deciding Which Chemotherapy Drugs to Use,” “Different Types of Chemotherapy Drugs,” “Questions About Chemotherapy,” “Types of Targeted Therapies Used to Treat Cancer.”

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Chemotherapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Chemotherapy and You.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 22, 2018

SOURCES:

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania: “Chemotherapy Primer: Why? What? And How?”

American Cancer Society: “Deciding Which Chemotherapy Drugs to Use,” “Different Types of Chemotherapy Drugs,” “Questions About Chemotherapy,” “Types of Targeted Therapies Used to Treat Cancer.”

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Chemotherapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Chemotherapy and You.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 22, 2018

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