Chemotherapy is given in cycles (cycle is session of chemotherapy repeated after a definite period) depending on
- Drug and dose used for treatment
- Goal of treatment
- Method of treatment
- Type of the patient
- Type of the cancer
- Stage of cancer
- The response of the patient to first cycle.
Chemotherapy is given by different ways:
- Intravenous (IV) - Through vein
- Intra-arterial (IA) - Through the artery
- Intraperitoneal (IP) - Into the peritoneal cavity i.e. abdominal cavity.
- Intrathecal – In Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through spinal cord in case the cancer is in central nervous system or brain.
- Intramuscular (IM) – injection given in a muscle in your arm, thigh, or hip.
- Topically – Applied on to the skin as a cream or gel.
- Orally – As pills, capsules, or liquids.