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Cancer Care

Systemic Therapy

Treating Cancer with Systemic Therapy

Systemic therapy, the most common of which is chemotherapy, is the use of medicines to control, slow or cure medical conditions.  Chemotherapy is used to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.

Goals of Systemic Therapy

  • To cure cancer with the fewest or least harmful side effects
  • To control cancer by keeping the cancer from spreading, slowing its growth and killing cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body away from the original tumor.
  • To relieve symptoms, such as pain, caused by the cancer and allow patients to live more comfortably.

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