How often will I receive Chemotherapy?
Treatment schedules for chemotherapy vary widely. How often and how long you receive chemotherapy depends on:
- Type of cancer and how advanced it is
- The goals of treatment (whether chemotherapy is used to cure cancer, control its growth or ease the symptoms)
- Type of chemotherapy (drug)
- How your body reacts to the chemotherapy
You may receive chemotherapy in cycles. A cycle is a period of chemotherapy treatment followed by a period of rest. For instance, you might receive 1 week of chemotherapy followed by 3 weeks of rest. These 4 weeks make up one cycle. The rest period gives your body a chance to recover and build new healthy cells, and prepare for the next cycle.