Systemic treatment of cancer
Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the central pillars of cancer therapy. Chemotherapy includes the treatment of malignant tumours with medication that attacks the replication cycle of cancer cells or intervenes in the immune system or the regeneration of blood vessels. The active substances in chemotherapy are administered to the patient in the form of infusions, injections or tablets.
Systemic means that a medication (which in the case of cancer diseases is usually chemotherapy, immunotherapy or a targeted substance) is introduced into the blood circulation thereby affecting the entire organism. Optimal management of side-effects is decisive in determining tolerability and success of therapy.