Chemotherapy – Chicago, IL
Chemotherapy is the most common form of cancer treatment and refers to a wide range of medications designed to eliminate cancer cells.
Chemotherapy uses medication to fight cancer throughout the body.
Chemotherapy drugs are administered through pills, infusion into a vein or injection into soft tissue. Depending on your particular situation, chemotherapy may involve one or many different anti-cancer medications. Unlike radiation therapy, which treats a specific section of the body, chemotherapy travels throughout the body. This allows it to fight cancer cells far away from the original site.
How does chemotherapy work?
Faulty DNA in normal cells can cause them to mutate into cancer cells, which are characterized by rapid, runaway cell division. Shortened from “chemical therapy,” chemotherapy affects all rapidly dividing cells in the body — healthy and cancerous. Fortunately, a cancer cell’s faulty DNA also hinders its recovery ability (compared to normal cells). By administering chemotherapy in cycles, we give your healthy cells the opportunity to recover between sessions (but not your cancer cells), wearing down your cancer over time.
Side effects are a reality of chemotherapy, but we can minimize them.
Unfortunately, chemotherapy affects both healthy cells and cancer cells, which often causes side effects, including:
- Low counts of white and red blood cells
- Low platelet counts
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hair loss
However, the cancer care specialists at Alpha Med Physicians Group have many options for managing your side effects. In fact, it’s not uncommon for cancer patients to live, work and travel according to their normal schedule while undergoing chemotherapy. Your board-certified medical oncologist will design a treatment regimen specifically for your needs, optimizing anti-cancer effects and reducing side effects.
For more information about our leading-edge chemotherapy options in Tinley Park, Homewood, or Palos Heights, Illinois, or to schedule an appointment, call 708-928-5040. You can also request an appointment using the easy online form on this page.