Having chemotherapy by mouth (oral chemotherapy)
Some chemotherapy drugs are taken as tablets or capsules. This is just as effective as other types of chemotherapy.
This video provides a brief overview of oral chemotherapy, what to expect and possible side effects.
The information in this video was correct as of 1 May 2013.
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When you're having chemotherapy by mouth, the drug is absorbed into your blood and carried around your body just like intravenous chemotherapy.
You’ll be told when to take your chemotherapy tablets or capsules and given other instructions, such as whether or not to take them with food.
It’s very important to:
read the labels on the boxes before you leave the hospital and if instructions are unclear, ask your nurse, doctor or pharmacist
take your drugs exactly as prescribed because not taking them at the right times can affect how well treatment works
contact your nurse or doctor at the hospital immediately for advice if you can’t take your medicines for any reason or are sick after taking them.
Chemotherapy by mouth can cause side effects, just like chemotherapy into a vein, and it’s important to know what they are. You also need to know how to store your drugs safely.
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