Chemotherapy involves several sessions of hospital visits, during which drugs are injected or given to you as a tablet to fight cancer cells. As these drugs attack all cells (but only healthy cells return), chemotherapy can take its toll on the body. It may take a while for you to feel well again.
Your doctor will advise whether or not this is a good idea depending on your age, the stage of cancer, and your general health. Chemotherapy can be offered on its own, or often after or before surgery to kill additional cells.
Chemotherapy may cause hair loss, so it’s important to discuss this with your doctor if your confidence is suffering, particularly if you’ve had surgery that affects your appearance, like a mastectomy.