Chemotherapy is a powerful drug treatment that destroys quickly-growing cells in the body. Most commonly prescribed to cancer patients, the therapy may treat, cure or slow the progression of the disease. Chemotherapy may be used as a primary therapy or in conjunction with other treatments. For example, chemo may be used following surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells or before radiation therapy to shrink a tumor to a more manageable size. Patients who suffer from advanced cancer may use the therapy to relieve their symptoms without the expectation of a cure.
Chemotherapy can often be a long term treatment plan, making it very expensive for patients. Luckily, cancer patients can now receive chemotherapy in destinations around the world at a reduced cost thanks to the growing medical tourism industry.