Chemotherapy can be given in different ways depending on the type of cancer you have and your treatment plan. Your chemotherapy nurse will explain what’s involved.
It’s standard for nurses to wear gloves and a plastic apron when they give you chemotherapy. This is just a precaution to protect themselves from any spillage of the drugs.
Chemotherapy can be given:
- by injection or a 'drip' directly into a vein (intravenous chemotherapy)
- by mouth as tablets or capsules (oral chemotherapy).
- by injection into the fluid around the spine and brain (intrathecal chemotherapy)
- directly into a body space, for example the bladder
- by injection into muscle or under the skin
- directly to the skin as a cream for some skin cancers.