Chemotherapy treatment

Chemotherapy is medication that treats your cancer. The drugs kill cancer cells, preventing them from dividing and spreading further.


When might I be offered chemotherapy?

You may be offered chemotherapy:

    • As a stand-alone treatment for cancer
    • To relieve your symptoms if a cure isn’t possible
    • As part of a combined approach along with surgery and/or radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy drugs can be based on natural plant compounds or man-made chemicals. They can be given as tablets (orally) or into a vein (intravenously). Your consultant oncologist will advise and work with you to create your personalised treatment plan.

What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy saves lives but there are some side-effects. These include:

    • Hair loss
    • Feeling sick
    • Dry skin
    • Tiredness

Chemotherapy also affects your immune system, so the risk of infection is higher. Your specialist nurse will advise you on how to manage and reduce any side-effects.

Intravenous chemotherapy

If you need to have chemotherapy intravenously, you can come along to one of our local centres. Bring a friend or relative if you like and any books, tablet computers or other ways to pass the time. We make our chemotherapy suites comfortable, homely and self-contained with:

    • Comfortable treatment pods
    • Any medication you need
    • Your own TV
    • A friendly, accessible refreshment area

With you every step of the way.
Chemotherapy can be hard, but you’re not facing it alone. Our specialist nurses will make sure you get the right support whenever you need it. Being a good listener is a part of their job.

If you’d like more information, just get in touch.

Meet our doctors

Everything we do is focused on designing better care for our patients. With a network of 12 specialist oncology treatment centres across the UK, we provide the most up-to-date treatments and technology as standard.

We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of different types of cancer.

Meet our doctors

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17 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4UA


Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton, West Midlands, Coldfield B74 3BF


The Park Cancer Centre, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Burntstump Country Park, Notthingham, NG5 8RX


Portsmouth, Bartons Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5NA


BMI St Martha Oncology Centre, 46 Harvey Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3XL


Southampton Centre, Chalybeate Close (off Tremona Road), Southampton, SO16 6UY


Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7GU


Unit 710, Centennial Park, Elstree, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 3SZ


Sandy Lane West, Peters Way, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 6LB

Milton Keynes

Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood East, Milton Keynes, BuckinghamShire, MK14 6LS


The Oaks, Fordham Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7XN


69 Alma Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3HD