Arizona Oncology - The US Oncology Network

Treatment & Services

Chemotherapy

Arizona Oncology medical oncologists and hematologists may determine that chemotherapy should be included as part of a patient's cancer treatment plan.

Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancerous diseases with drugs that interfere with cancer cell growth and reproduction.  Normal cells grow and die in a controlled way. When cancer occurs, the cancer cells keep dividing and forming more cancer cells. Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells by preventing them from growing or multiplying. Side effects result when the surrounding healthy cells are also harmed. Non cancerous cells usually repair themselves after chemotherapy.
 
The type of chemotherapy you receive will depend on the type of cancer you have, where the cancer is found, and patient specific characteristics. Your cancer care specialists at Arizona Oncology will recommend a treatment plan that will work best for you. In many instances chemotherapy will be used in addition to surgery and radiation.
 
Arizona Oncology strives to make chemotherapy treatments as pleasant and comfortable as possible for patients. Our oncology teams work closely together to manage dosages and monitor patient progress, to ensure the best formulas and treatment plans to fight specific disease.