Patients may be required to have chemotherapy treatment when they visit the hospital as an outpatient or stay as an inpatient. Patients who visit the hospital as an outpatient may be treated in the day unit, whereas patients who stay in as an inpatient will be admitted to the medical wards where they will receive treatment.
The aim of chemotherapy is to treat the patient, and improve their health status. Chemotherapy consists of a combination of anti-cancer drugs, which target and kill the cancerous cells. The form of chemotherapy prescribed, and the combination of drugs, will depend upon the type of cancer the patient has.