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

Search for a centre near you

Birmingham

Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

+44 (0)121 353 3055

Bristol

300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4SY

01454 456500

Chelmsford

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

+44 (0)1245 987 901

Cromwell Hospital

164-178 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TU, UK

020 7460 5626

Elstree

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

+44 (0)208 236 9040

Guildford

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

+44 (0)1483 806 000

Maidstone

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

+44 (0)1732 207 000

Milton Keynes

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

+44 (0)1908 467 700

Newmarket

The Oaks, Fordham Road, Newmarket, CB8 7XN

+44 (0)1223 907 600

Nottingham

The Park Centre for oncology, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Burntstump Country Park, Nottingham, NG5 8RX

+44 (0)115 966 2250

Oxford

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

+44 (0)1865 237 700

Portsmouth

Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA

+44 (0)23 9248 4992

Southampton

Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY

+44 (0)238 076 4961

Windsor

69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

+44 (0)1753 418 444