What Happens During Chemotherapy for Uterine Cancer

Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs. These drugs kill or slow the growth of cancer. This treatment is not commonly used for uterine cancer.

If you have chemotherapy, you’ll see a specialist. You may see either type of these doctors.

  • Medical oncologist, who is a doctor trained in using drugs to treat cancer

  • Gynecological oncologist, who is a doctor trained in treating cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive system

It’s likely you’ll need more than one chemotherapy drug. This is called combination treatment. You may also have other types of treatment.

If you’re getting chemotherapy, ask your doctor or nurse these questions.

  • What drugs you’re taking

  • Their common side effects

  • What to do to limit side effects

You usually have chemotherapy as an outpatient. That means you have it at a hospital, at the doctor’s office, or at home. However, depending on the drugs taking and your general health, you may need to stay in the hospital during treatment. You usually get drugs for uterine cancer by an injection.

Chemotherapy is given in cycles. This means that you will be treated for a period of time and then have some time to rest. Chemotherapy can be given on one day, a few days in a row, or continuously for a set amount of time. Your cycle of treatment could repeat every week or every month. The time from one treatment to the next is one cycle. You could have more than one cycle of treatment. Your doctor decides the schedule to follow based on your case.


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