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(kē′mō, kĕm′ō)
n. Informal
Chemotherapy or a chemotherapeutic treatment.


A colloquial term for cancer chemotherapy.

Patient discussion about chemo

Q. what are the side affects of chemotherapy?

A. And one more thing - this list of side effects may sound frightening, but eventually these drugs are given because they were found to eventually giving the patients better life than when they were left untreated, so in most of the cases, it's worth it.

Q. How do doctors know what chemo meds to prescribe? Do they take a piece of the cancer tumor and lab it to see what chemo drugs kill that specific cancer tumor cells. Or do they randomly figure these meds should respond to these cells? I understand that the doctors put a patient through killing all cells which may be better.

A. It all comes down to a "hit or miss" if one chemo type doesn't work then they try another, or combinations. From experience and testing they basically know which type of chemo works on an overall average for a certain cancer type.
Although many can get one type of cancer, each reacts differently in each individual depending on their immune system, age, and lifestyle. so each chemo also reacts different in people.

Q. Getting prepared for chemo Hi, I have breast cancer, and I’m planned to start chemotherapy in a short time. Do you have any advice how should I prepare for it? What to buy? The anti-emesis drugs are already waiting- any other thing I should get?

A. A surgical face mask – if you find yourself in a close place and someone starts to cough or sneeze, you can protect yourself.

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