Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment, which means that it travels throughout the body to reach cancer to target cancel cells wherever they have spread. Depending on a patient’s diagnosis and the stage of their disease, chemotherapy treatment can serve three possible goals: to work to cure cancer, to control cancer, or as palliation, which means it is administered in order to reduce symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life.
Genomics is the study of the patient’s genome in order to determine what sort of DNA changes are causing cells to become cancerous. Precision medicine tailors treatment to each patient, taking into consideration their genetics, environment, and lifestyle. Together, they help our doctors determine the best individualized cancer treatment for each patient.
While chemotherapy drugs are usually administered intravenously, they can also be taken as a pill, as a cream or lotion, as an injection into a muscle or under the skin, or as an infusion at various sites in the body. Chemotherapy can be extremely effective. It can also result in difficult side effects for patients, including fatigue, nausea, difficulty eating, and hair loss. Our team works to mitigate those symptoms while you undergo cancer treatment and ensure your best possible outcome.