Ways chemotherapy may be given
Chemotherapy is usually given by direct injection or a "drip" (infusion) into the vein or in tablet form. Sometimes it can be administered through a small pump that you can carry around in a bag and take home with you. Your nurse will show you how to take care of it.
Chemotherapy into a vein is given through a line (small tube) inserted into a vein in the back of your hand, arm, chest, or neck. Your nurse will show you how to take care of it.
When you have chemotherapy through a line, your nurse will be careful to prevent the drug from leaking into the surrounding tissue. If you have swelling, pain, stinging, or redness after treatment, you should tell them immediately.
Depending on the type of cancer you have, chemotherapy is often given in other ways, such as directly into the fluid surrounding the spine or into a specific body space. It can also be given by injection into muscle, under the skin, or as a cream.