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Chemotherapy is a standard medication for treating cancer. Chemotherapy works to slow or stop cancer cells from rapidly growing and multiplying. The goal of chemotherapy will depend on the type and stage of cancer. Chemotherapy may cure some cancers, especially in the early stages, and can help control symptoms of cancers that can’t be cured.
At Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento, our oncologists and nurse navigators are dedicated to the treatment of all forms of cancer with expertise and state-of-the art technologies. If you would like to learn more about chemotherapy in Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas, Find a Doctor online or call 888.800.7688.
Chemotherapy slows or stops the rapid growth of cancer cells. However, it can have the same effect on certain normal cells that multiply quickly, for example, those found in hair follicles and and the lining of the mouth, nose, and digestive tract. The damage to these normal cells is what leads to some of the side effects of chemotherapy, like hair loss.
The most common side effects of chemotherapy may include:
Consult with a trusted oncologist at Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento to learn more about the potential side effects of chemotherapy.
Oncologists recommend chemotherapy as a treatment for many types of cancer. At Dignity Health, your doctor may suggest chemotherapy for the following reasons:
Depending on the type and stage of your cancer, you may receive either regional chemotherapy (which only affects a certain area of your body) or systemic chemotherapy (which affects your entire body).
Your chemotherapy will be given at a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient clinic in Sacramento or a nearby area. Some regimens may require you to stay overnight in a hospital setting. Other forms of chemo may include tablets and lotions that can be taken at home. If your chemotherapy is performed in an outpatient setting, you’ll be able to go home after your treatment. Count on our team to help prepare you and care for your well-being as you undergo chemotherapy.