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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is used to treat many cancers. While surgery and radiation therapy destroy or damage cancer cells in targeted areas, chemotherapy relies on powerful medications to eliminate cancer cells, inhibit growth and ease pain.

Receiving Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can involve one agent or a combination of several, depending on the type of cancer, the stage and patient goals.

Whether the goal is to cure a cancer, control its spread or relieve symptoms, our medical team will work closely with you to customize a treatment plan that is right for you and your family.

Chemotherapy schedules can vary:

  • Chemotherapy is usually given in cycles around periods of treatment and periods of rest.
  • The schedule is largely determined by several factors, including the type of cancer, stage, selected drug course and your body’s reaction to the drugs.
  • It can be administered once a day, once a week or once a month.
  • Chemotherapy can be combined with surgery, radiation therapy or immunotherapy.

Chemotherapy can be given in several ways:

  • Intravenous (IV): Most common method; through a needle directly into a vein
  • Intraperitoneal (IP): Directly into peritoneal cavity or abdomen area
  • Injections: An injection under the skin, into a muscle or a cancer lesion
  • Oral: Pills, capsules or liquids
Learn more about chemotherapy treatment for specific cancers in our online Health Encyclopedia.

Innovative Treatment for Abdominal Cancers

Illinois Masonic Medical Center is proud to offer an elite chemotherapy treatment for advanced abdominal cancers called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). George Salti, MD, a member of our cancer care team, is one of the few surgeons nationwide who offers this advanced procedure.

How HIPEC Works

When surgically removing a tumor in its entirety is not possible because cancer has spread to the lining surfaces of the stomach cavity, HIPEC is used to get rid of the remaining damaged cells.

This treatment is administered at the time of surgery and involves applying heated chemotherapy agents directly to the abdominal cavity to attack any remaining cancer cells. The result is often improved quality of life and longevity for patients.

George Salti, MD

Dr. Salti is one of the few surgeons nationwide who performs HIPEC. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and is currently an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a member of the Society for Surgical Oncology.

Contact Dr. Salti at 773.561.7710.

Call 1.800.3ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) for more information.


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