The Different Ways You Can Get Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
Your doctor has several ways to give you chemotherapy drugs.
Intravenous (IV) drip. In this case, a bag filled with medicine drips through a tube into a needle that’s inserted into your vein. Another choice for this is a semipermanent kind of IV called a vascular access device (VAD). Some types of VADs are portacaths, PICC lines, and Hickman catheters. These are cases where a VAD might be used.
Oral. You swallow these drugs as pills.
Injection. You get these drugs through a needle injected into the vein, muscle, or under the skin.
How Often You Get Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is given in cycles. This reduces the harm to healthy cells and gives them a chance to recover. Your doctor decides if you need to get it daily, weekly, every few weeks, or monthly. You will usually have treatment for three to six months.
Where You Get Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is usually given in an outpatient setting. That means that you may get it at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office. You don’t have to stay overnight in the hospital. You will be watched for reactions during your treatments. Since each of your treatments may last for a while, you may want to take along something that is comforting to you, such as music to listen to. You may also want to bring something to keep you busy, such as a deck of cards or a book.