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Please direct any enquiries to the South East Coast (SEC) Strategic Clinical Network for Cancer (Tel: 01293 729 154 and 01293 729 163).
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Chemotherapy

If you are receiving chemotherapy treatment and are feeling unwell or have any unexpected problems that may be related to your chemotherapy - DO NOT DELAY - Call the nursing team immediately - (this link is to contact telephone numbers).

The Sussex Cancer Network has produced a series of videos for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment, covering the management of some of the more common side effects and ways to alleviate them as well as patients who have finished treatment, describing their experiences.

Chemotherapy uses cytotoxic drugs (anti - cancer) to destroy cancer cells.  Chemotherapy drugs are often given by injection or drip, and this is often administered as an outpatient visit. There are over 50 different drugs used, some are given on their own but often several drugs may be combined.

The type of chemotherapy treatment given depends on many things, and this will be discussed with the patient. It is based on the type of cancer, what the cells look like under a microscope, and whether there is any spread of the disease or concern that there might be.

Chemotherapy may affect fertility so before commencing a course of treatment it is important that patients ask their doctor if it is likely to do so.

The Sussex Cancer Network adheres to The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance, and the procedures recommended by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Radiologists.

You can visit the NHS Choices website for more information.

In the below video, a consultant medical oncologist explains the chemotherapy process and patients talk about their own experiences of the treatment.