Alaska Cancer Treatment Center

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of powerful pharmaceutical drugs to target and destroy cancer cells. It can be used together with other treatments, such as surgery, or by itself, particularly if surgery is not an option. Chemotherapy is commonly used to combat breast, lung and colon cancers.

Chemotherapy can be administered to the patient in pill form, in which case the patient would take the medicine on his or her own at home, or via intravenous infusion.

Which method of chemotherapy is right for you will be determined in consultation with your oncologist. If infusion is the best option, Institute oncologists will administer your chemotherapy infusion here in our office.

Infusion can last for minutes to hours. During the procedure, you will sit in a comfortable chair and be closely attended by our staff. The infusion pump is mobile, so you can get up and use the rest room or move around.