Chemotherapy, often referred to as "chemo", is one of the most common forms of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy treatment uses a drug named cytotoxics that kills or retards the growth of cancerous cells. While the growth of cancer cells gets arrested with the use of chemo drugs, the functioning of normal and healthy fast growing cells like hair and blood cells gets affected in the process. Chemo drugs can be taken in a number of ways depending on the type of cancer you have and the drugs used to treat the same. Intravenous chemo is the commonest form of chemotherapy where the drug is injected into a vein. Oral, intramuscular and subcutaneous are some other widely practiced forms of chemotherapy where the drugs are given in the form of tablets or injected into a muscle or just under the skin, respectively. Depending on the amount of time taken for healthy cells to grow in between treatments, chemotherapy cancer treatments can be given daily, weekly, monthly. Just like the type and duration of chemo treatments, the cost of chemotherapy varies from case to case. However, the average cost for an initial treatment is approximately $7,000. But then again, expenses will diverge depending on the drugs used, the stage of cancer being treated and other patient-specific factors. Speaking about the effectiveness of chemotherapy, chances that chemo treatment will cure cancer depend on the type of cancer you have. While some type of cancer gets completely cured by chemo treatment, some other type cancer gets partially cured.
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