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Many patients are often confused with the host of additional medications they receive during a course of radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Some of these have side effects of their own. When used well these drugs substantially improve the quality of life of a patient receiving cancer treatments so it is important that they are taken properly.

This section describes some of these drugs and medications often given to patients including the reasons why they are given. This does not mean you will definitely receive them and many oncology units may use different drugs depending on the logistical arrangements of the unit and the personal experience of the clinician.

Drugs which can be given with chemotherapy

Intravenous drugs given to prevent problems during chemotherapy include:

Oral drugs given for a few days after chemotherapy

To protect from infection

Other drugs sometimes prescribed with chemotherapy

 
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