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Cancer Glossary: Words You Need to Know

Chemotherapy

A type of treatment that uses chemicals that have a direct effect on diseased cells, either by destroying them or by preventing their proliferation. Unfortunately, chemotherapy products used in chemotherapy (by injection or tablets) are likely to have a serious negative effect on some healthy tissues. Also, since some of these drugs are targeted to affect rapidly developing cells – such as cancer cells – they necessarily affect other rapidly developing cells, such as bone marrow, hair follicles, intestinal mucosa, and mouth, resulting in phenomena such as hair loss. open next page to see More