Chemotherapy (also called chemo) is the use of chemicals to stop the progression of cancer and to kill the cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be taken orally with a pill, intravenously through the vein, injected into the cerebrospinal fluid, or through a wafer which is surgically implanted into the brain. The method of chemotherapy depends on many factors: the type of brain tumor (benign or malignant), the grade of the tumor (how advanced the tumor is), whether the cancer began in the brain (primary or metastatic brain tumor), and the risks and possible side effects of treatment. Chemotherapy may also be used in combination with other types of treatment such as surgery and radiation therapy.
Unfortunately, chemotherapy drugs do not know the difference between good cells and cancer cells, so good cells are killed in the process. For this reason, a thorough assessment prior to starting treatment is very important. Every person is different, so our team of specialists will make an evaluation and work with you to devise the best possible treatment plan.
While taking chemotherapy, you may suffer from such side effects as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite and hair loss. We can prescribe medications to help alleviate and manage some of those symptoms.
Our health care team is dedicated to providing a comfortable environment during this difficult time.