Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that involves taking medicines to kill cancer cells. You may receive chemotherapy through pills, intravenously (through a vein) or both. Chemotherapy can kill cancer cells in any part of your body.

Your thoracic cancer care team at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center works with you to plan your chemotherapy treatment, identifying medicines that are safe and effective for you. Using the latest research, we deliver chemotherapy that has been proven to treat your type of cancer.

Types of Chemotherapy

You may receive chemotherapy treatments such as: 

  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy. This type of chemotherapy is given before surgery [Link to robotic surgery page]. It can shrink your tumor or make its edges more defined, which makes surgery more effective.
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy. The most common type of chemotherapy, it is administered after surgery. Adjuvant chemotherapy uses different medicines to kill cancer cells throughout the body.
  • Immunotherapy. Using your body’s own immune system, immunotherapy attacks and destroys cancer cells. It is the most advanced type of chemotherapy available.

Your medical oncologist will work closely with other members of your care team to ensure you receive the most effective treatment for you. Your team will help manage your side effects to make you as comfortable as possible. Side effects should go away when your chemotherapy is completed.


Chemotherapy Locations

We offer chemotherapy at locations throughout the area so you can receive effective care close to home.