Your Personal Chemo ‘Cocktail’

For any type of cancer, there can be several recommended medication regimens. Chemo drugs are typically used in combination, as each one attacks cancer cells in a different way. How do your doctors calculate your particular chemo dose? Here are the usual ways:

  • They may start with your weight or by determining your body surface area (BSA), which uses a formula that includes your height and weight.
     
  • Your dose may be adjusted if you’re elderly or obese, or if you have other health conditions. Let your doctor know if you’re taking any other medications.
     
  • Your doctors will also match your dose to your particular cancer, including the type of cancer you have and the stage of the cancer (how far it has spread).

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Your Chemo Checklist
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Your Personal Chemo 'Cocktail'
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