Chemotherapy treats cancer by attacking it with cancer-killing drugs. It may be used alone or combined with surgery, radiation therapy or hormonal therapy. Chemotherapy may cure some cancers, or control cancer for months or possibly years. Some cancers may not respond to chemotherapy at all.
Our specialists are experts in this area and have been awarded the prestigious Commendation Approval Award for their patient-focused efforts. This honor is given to only one in four hospital-based cancer programs nationwide.
The duration and type of therapy depends on the type of cancer and the body’s response to therapy. Regular evaluations and tests will help determine how treatments are working and if they need to be changed. Our on-site pharmacy ensures that chemotherapy is administered safely and effectively.
Our cancer specialists administer chemotherapy several ways, including:
- Intravenous (IV) therapy, which requires patients to come to the Conemaugh Cancer Care Center for treatment
- Infusion therapy, which is used when chemotherapy must be given over a certain time period
- Antibody therapy, which directly targets the cancerous cells
Patients often receive several medications at the same time. If you have questions about your treatment at any time, please be sure to let us know.
Common Side Effects
Much progress has been made to lessen the side effects of cancer-related treatment. Our team has developed an easy-to-read Patient Guide for Chemotherapy that discusses the most common side effects and how to manage them.
A Phone Call Away
We are here to answer any questions you may have. Call us at (814)534-9132 to talk with one of our certified oncology nurses.