What Happens During Chemotherapy for Cervical Cancer?

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Chemotherapy drugs kill all cells that rapidly divide, including cancer cells.

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. You may take these drugs by mouth, as an injection into your body, or both ways.

You receive chemotherapy every three to four weeks. This cycle allows normal cells to recover. Most patients have chemotherapy in an outpatient part of the hospital or at the doctor's office. If you are taking oral chemotherapy, you may receive it at home. You may spend some time in the hospital, depending on your health and which drugs you receive.

You may also be getting radiation therapy at the same time since low-dose chemotherapy may help it work better.

Chemotherapy for cervical cancer usually involves a combination of drugs injected into an intravenous (IV). These are some of the drugs used.

  • Platinol (cisplatin)

  • Paraplatin (carboplatin)

  • Taxol (paclitaxel)

  • Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide)

  • Ifex (ifosfamide)

  • Fluorouracil, Adrucil, Efudex (5-FU)

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