What is chemotherapy? | Norton Cancer Institute

Chemotherapy is medicine that we
give to treat cancer. These medicines, they treat the
cancer cells but they also affect the good cells in our body. They affect our hair cells, our blood
cells, and the cells inside the lining of our
mouth and the cells inside our stomach which causes the side effects that we have. Chemotherapy interrupts the cells as they’re growing. The cells go through certain phases when
they multiply and so the chemotherapy stops them in
certain phases of their reproduction. Chemotherapy affects your
cancer cells but it also affects the cells in our body as well.

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