Jump to navigation. Intravenous IV fluoropyrimidines are an essential part of chemotherapy treatment for colorectal cancer CRC. Patients prefer tablets as long as they work as well and are as safe as IV treatment, because they are easier to take and are more convenient. We compared the effects of oral and IV fluoropyrimidine chemotherapy in patients with CRC who were treated with the aim of cure, or who were treated with palliative chemotherapy because the cancer could not be removed by surgery or was metastatic it had spread from the place where it originated to other places in the body.
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My oncologist and surgeon wanted me on chemo, but Irinotecan was doing me more harm than good. I felt I did not have a good quality of life because I was constantly sick, always in the clinic and having to take shots to boost my white blood cell counts. At this point we decided to stop the chemo and see what we could do once my body recuperated. I was excited to discuss this with my oncologist. He found a new surgeon and together we made decisions about my care.
Who has chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy chemo is often used to treat colorectal cancer. It's the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. Doctors give chemo in cycles, with each treatment followed by a rest period to give the body time to recover. Chemotherapy cycles generally last about 2 to 4 weeks. People usually get at least several cycles of treatment. In most cases, 2 or more of these drugs are combined, which makes them work better. Sometimes, chemo drugs are given along with a targeted therapy drug. Chemo drugs attack cells that are dividing quickly, which is why they work against cancer cells. But other cells in the body, such as those in the bone marrow where new blood cells are made , the lining of the mouth and intestines, and the hair follicles, are also dividing quickly.
Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer cytotoxic drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is sometimes given along with targeted therapy drugs. Often, two or more chemotherapy drugs are given in combination. The three most commonly used combinations are:. Chemotherapy may sometimes be used to treat cancer of the small bowel. It can be given in combination with radiotherapy called chemoradiation or with surgery, or on its own. You usually have chemotherapy as an outpatient. Most drugs are given into a vein intravenously. Some drugs, such as capecitabine , are taken as capsules or tablets.