What Happens During Chemotherapy for Cervical Cancer?
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. You may take these drugs by mouth, as an injection into your body, or both ways.
You receive chemotherapy every three to four weeks. This cycle allows normal cells to recover. Most patients have chemotherapy in an outpatient part of the hospital or at the doctor's office. If you are taking oral chemotherapy, you may take it at home. You may spend some time in the hospital, depending on your health and which drugs you receive.
You may also be getting radiation therapy at the same time since low-dose chemotherapy may help it work better.
Chemotherapy for cervical cancer usually involves a combination of drugs injected into an intravenous (IV). These are some of the drugs most often used:
What to expect after chemotherapy
Side effects of chemotherapy for cervical cancer depend on the type and amount of drugs you're taking. They vary from person to person. Here is a list of some of the side effects:
Except for hair loss, many of these side effects can be controlled. Tell your doctor or nurse about any changes or side effects that you notice. He or she can suggest things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Most of these side effects will go away or get better between treatments. You'll stop having side effects after your treatments end.