We treat cancer in three ways — with surgery, radiation and medicine. Chemotherapy uses medicine to fight cancer.
What Is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a form of treatment for cancer that uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Other types of cancer treatment are hormone therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
In standard chemotherapy, cancer medicine travels throughout your entire body, killing cancer cells that have spread to multiple organs.
But different kinds of drugs work in different ways. Depending what kind of cancer you have and how much it's spread, another type of medicine might be better for you than traditional chemotherapy.