When chemotherapy is part of your cancer care plan, turn to the compassionate team at UC San Diego Health. Count on us to answer your questions and to provide treatments in a comfortable, supportive environment.
Chemotherapy (chemo) uses drugs to kill cancer cells or keep reproducing cells from growing. Chemo may be the only cancer treatment you receive or part of a combination of other therapies. Your doctor may recommend chemo to:
- Shrink a tumor
- Make radiation therapy more effective
- Kill any cancer cells that remain after surgery or radiation therapy
Types of Chemotherapy
You may be given chemo by:
Your Chemo Session: What to Bring
Here are some items you may want to bring to help you feel more comfortable during treatment:
Family member or friend to keep you company
Sweater or jacket to keep you warm
Snack, in case you get hungry
Something to read or watch
How to Prepare for Chemotherapy
Cancer Treatment Programs
San Diego's Best Cancer Care
At UC San Diego Health, you find cancer specialists who are experienced and skilled in treating all types of cancer.
Patient & Family Support Services
At UC San Diego Health, your care goes beyond treating disease. It also includes supporting you and your loved ones emotionally throughout your cancer journey. Most of our support services are free.
Palliative care is designed to relieve suffering and improve your quality of life by focusing on your physical and emotional comfort during treatment. Palliative care is not reserved for end-of-life care.