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HOW IS GIVEN
The chemotherapeutic agents can be administered orally (in pill form, capsule or solution drinkable), but not always the digestive system can absorb, so it may also be brought intravenous or intramuscular injections. The latter is the most common, doctors may do so using a syringe into a vein in the hand or arm, through which drugs are introduced into the patient’s body. Alternatively, the catheter, a flexible tube that is placed in a larger vein, which is maintained for the duration of treatment. Sometimes the catheter is attached to a device, a small hard plastic or metal that is placed under the skin and prevents unnecessary jabs. To control the rate of entry of the drug in the body can also be used an infusion pump, which has a storage area for drugs.
When the drug is administered intramuscularly, the effects of chemotherapy tend to last longer because the muscle tissue absorption is somewhat slower. Finally, in some cases, when the disease has spread to the spinal cord or brain, medications must be administered directly into the spinal fluid for which we must resort to intrathecal method, which involves introducing chemotherapy directly into the space intraspinal.
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