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Chemotherapy (cont.)

Chemotherapy Treatment Dosing and Frequency

Treatment schedules for chemotherapy vary widely. How often and how long you get chemotherapy depends on:

  • Your type of cancer and how advanced it is

  • The goals of treatment (whether chemotherapy is used to cure your cancer, control its growth, or ease the symptoms)

  • The type of chemotherapy

  • How your body reacts to chemotherapy

You may receive chemotherapy in cycles. A cycle is a period of chemotherapy treatment followed by a period of rest. For instance, you might receive 1 week of chemotherapy followed by 3 weeks of rest. These 4 weeks make up one cycle. The rest period gives your body a chance to build new healthy cells.

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