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Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. The aim is to destroy cancer cells while causing the least possible damage to healthy cells.

Chemotherapy is usually given through a needle inserted into a vein (intravenously), by specialised nurses under the guidance of an oncologist. You may need to stay in the hospital overnight or you may be treated as an outpatient.

You may have a number of treatments over several months. The length of treatment will be determined based on your circumstances.