Chemotherapy (also called chemo) is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells.
Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly. Chemotherapy is used to:
- Treat cancer
Chemotherapy can be used to cure cancer, lessen the chance it will return, or stop or slow its growth.
- Ease cancer symptoms
Chemotherapy can be used to shrink tumors that are causing pain and other problems.