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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the process of using medicinal drugs to kill cancer cells. The drugs act upon the cancer cells ability to grow and divide.

Your doctor will determine if you are a suitable candidate for chemotherapy and if you have decided to undergo chemotherapy treatment a medical oncologist will be responsible for your treatment. Chemotherapy treatment is organised in cycles over a set period of time.

The side effects that can be experienced with chemotherapy vary from person to person and can be dependent on the type of chemotherapy drug and dosage administered. Your oncologist will discuss all aspects of your chemotherapy cycles prior to any treatment commencing.

Chemotherapy treatment for NETs is predominantly undertaken for High-grade NETs, often pancreatic and bronchial NETs. It is used only occasionally for metastatic small bowel NETs. Your doctor will discuss if chemotherapy is an option in the course of your NETs patient journey.

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