Chemotherapy is medication used to treat and prevent recurrence of cancer by killing cancer cells. It is a form of cancer treatment often used in conjunction with surgery and/or radiation therapy. When chemotherapy is indicated as part of the necessary treatment plan, it will be prescribed by you gynecologic oncologist.
Chemotherapy is supervised by the doctors at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care and given at the infusion center located just one floor below the office in the Providence Alaska Medical Center Infusion Center or at Alaska Native Medical Center
The doctors at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care work closely with Medical Oncologists all around Alaska, so chemotherapy can also be given closer to home if you live outside the Anchorage area or already have a Medical Oncologist.
Chemotherapy will be tailored to your specific needs and you will receive information about your treatment before it begins. Chemotherapy medications can be categorized into classes.
For more detailed information about specific medications, please visit one of these informative websites.
There are many ways in which these drugs can be given and all of these ways are available under the supervision of the Alaska Women’s Cancer Care doctors. Your doctor will recommend the best way for your specific cancer.
Clinical Trials are a critical part of finding new chemotherapy options and identifying better ways to give chemotherapy. Not only may you be able to get a medication that may be more effective for your specific cancer, you will help others who get treated after you by adding to what we know about how best to treat cancers.
We have a number of clinical trials available to our patients though the Providence Cancer Center supervised by the doctors at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care. Talk to your doctor about which trials may be right for you. We also encourage you to look at the National Cancer Institute website to search for trials that may be open here in Alaska or anywhere in the country and ask your doctor about any trials that interest you.