When is Chemotherapy Used?

Chemotherapy can be used in situations where cancer has spread, or there is a possibility that it may.

Chemo can be used to:

  • Attempt to absolutely cure cancer (curative chemotherapy)
  • Allow more effective other therapies for example; it can be combined with Radiotherapy (chemoradiation) or used before Surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy)
  • Reduce the chance of cancer returning following radiation or Surgery (adjuvant chemotherapy)
  • Relieve symptoms if cure (palliative chemotherapy) is not possible.