- What is chemotherapy?
- How does chemotherapy work?
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How is chemotherapy given?
Most people have chemotherapy through a vein (intravenously). It can also be prescribed orally (tablets or capsules), as a cream, or as injections into different parts of the body.
Does chemotherapy hurt?
Having intravenous chemotherapy may feel like having your blood taken.
If you have a temporary tube (cannula) in your hand or arm, only the initial injection should hurt
If you have a central venous access device, it should not be painful.
Some treatments will cause side effects. However chemotherapy drugs are constantly being improved to give you the best possible results and to reduce side effects. If you feel burning, coolness, pain or any other unusual sensation where a cannula or central venous access device enters your body, or if you have tenderness or redness over the injection site, tell your doctor or nurse immediately.