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.