Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to prevent the growth of cancer cells by shrinking or killing them. The multidisciplinary team at St. Luke's Health personalizes the delivery of these drugs for each patient’s type and stage of cancer. Regardless of how it is delivered, chemotherapy is considered a systemic treatment because the medication transfers through the bloodstream to the entire body.
Chemotherapy can be administered in the following ways:
- Intravenous (IV) medication
- Oral medication
- Direct placement
- Hyperthermic intraoperative peritoneal chemotherapy
- Topical cream or lotion