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If you are diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy may be a treatment option prescribed by your doctor. Chemotherapy is the general name that describes many different kinds of drugs used to fight cancer.

Medical oncologists at Jefferson often utilize chemotherapy, which uses systemic treatment in the form of intravenous injections of anticancer drugs or, less commonly, oral medications to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy has the ability to reach cancer that may have spread, even microscopically, throughout the body.

What Does Chemotherapy Involve?

Chemotherapy sometimes involves biologic therapies, including antibodies and tumor growth inhibitors. Both traditional and innovative therapies are used. Each drug or combination is unique, and the type best suited to you and your disease will be selected.

Chemotherapy is usually given in cycles – a treatment period followed by a recovery period. Each cycle is usually several weeks long. Drugs are given on selected days, often weekly or monthly. Patients are usually given additional drugs to prevent possible side effects, which may include nausea, vomiting or allergic reactions. To ensure patient safety, blood counts are checked frequently to adjust the dose or intervals between therapy.

Chemotherapy is typically administered in an outpatient setting at our Infusion Centers in either Center City or at Methodist Hospital. You will sit in a comfortable chair in pleasant surroundings and are able to read, sleep, watch TV or talk with friends and family during treatment. There is a nutritionist and social worker that can be made available to speak with you if you have questions.

Chemotherapy Treatment Locations in Philadelphia

Chemotherapy treatment is administered at our state-of-the-art Infusion Centers:

Center City Campus
925 Chestnut Street
Suite 220A
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Methodist Hospital
1300 Wolf Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19148