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Chemotherapy and other drug therapies

Various types of drug therapy can be used to treat cancer.  However, please be aware that not all types of treatment are suitable for all types of cancer. 

For information on different types of drug therapy please click on the coloured text links below:

Targeted therapies 
Targeted therapies are treatments that act on processes in cells.  

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is drug treatment used to destroy or control cancer cells. The drugs are carried by the bloodstream and can reach cancer cells all over the body. Although all chemotherapy drugs affect the ability of cancer cells to divide and reproduce, each drug does this in a slightly different way. This is why a combination of drugs is often given.

Hormone therapy
Hormone therapies alter specific hormones to change how cells work.  For information about hormone therapy please click on the heading above.

Immunotherapy                                                                                                                                                        Immunotherapy uses our immune system to fight cancer.

This page last reviewed 10/05/2021