Chemotherapy

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At The Wells Suite, chemotherapy is administered by a senior specialist chemotherapy nurse.  You will receive the chemotherapy in your own private room complete with ensuite facilities and TV.  You can sit or recline comfortably, be accompanied by friends or family and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

We will help you fit the treatment around your daily life, offering flexible appointment times.

What happens?

Chemotherapy is a type of treatment for cancer where medicine is used to kill cancer cells. It kills the cancer cells by damaging them so they cannot reproduce and spread. Chemotherapy is used if a cancer has spread or if there is a risk that it will.

Chemotherapy is sometimes given in tablet form (called oral chemotherapy), however it is most commonly given intravenously, through a drip in your arm, so that chemotherapy medications are slowly released into a vein over a period of time. The time it takes to give one dose can range from several hours to several days.

What are the side effects?

It is difficult to predict exactly what side effects you will experience while having chemotherapy. Different people react to treatment in different ways.  Most side effects are temporary, and will go after treatment has finished.

Common side effects include

  • tiredness
  • hair loss
  • nausea and sickness

More detailed information on the side effects of specific chemotherapy drugs can be found on the Cancer Research UK website.

Your consultant will discuss the possible side effects associated with your treatment before you start chemotherapy.