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Why do I need chemotherapy?

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Even after surgery to remove a tumor, your body might still have cancer cells. These cells can grow new tumors or spread the cancer to other parts of your body.

Chemotherapy drugs help destroy, shrink, or control those cells. It might also treat symptoms the cancer causes, like pain. You might also get chemotherapy to shrink a tumor before your doctor removes it in surgery.

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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