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How does chemotherapy work?HHow does chemotherapy work?How does chemotherapy work?EnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodyNADrug treatmentPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z12.200000000000033.6000000000000328.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2>​How does chemotherapy work?</h2><p>Cells reproduce by dividing so that one cell becomes two, and then two cells become four, and then eight, and so on. Normal cells only reproduce when our bodies need new cells, for example to allow us to grow or replace cells that die. </p><p></p><div class="asset-animation"> <iframe src="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Style%20Library/AKH/animations/TTCCancer_Chemotherapy_CanvasVersion/TTC_Cancer_Chemotherapy_Canvas_AMD_EN.html"></iframe>  </div><p>Some chemotherapy drugs work by damaging cells as they are dividing and reproducing. Cancer cells behave differently than normal cells and often divide more frequently. This means they are sensitive to the chemotherapy drugs that interfere with cell division or reproduction. Although chemotherapy can damage normal or healthy cells too, non-cancerous cells are usually able to repair themselves. </p>
Comment la chimiothérapie agit-elle?CComment la chimiothérapie agit-elle?How does chemotherapy work?FrenchOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodyNADrug treatmentPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2018-09-22T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2>Comment la chimiothérapie agit-elle?</h2><p>Les cellules se reproduisent par division, ce qui veut dire qu’une cellule en forme deux, deux cellules en forment quatre, puis huit et ainsi de suite. Les cellules saines se reproduisent seulement lorsque l’organisme en a besoin de nouvelles, par exemple, pour grandir ou pour remplacer les cellules mortes.</p><div id="swfobj6b5ae243-2c10-40c4-bf5e-7ebc2fd4a55dFlashVariables"></div><p>Certains médicaments de chimio endommagent les cellules pendant leur division et leur reproduction. Les cellules cancéreuses se comportent de façon différente que les cellules saines et se divisent donc beaucoup plus souvent que les saines.​​​ Cela veut dire que les cellules cancéreuses sont les plus endommagées par la chimiothérapie et finissent par mourir. La chimiothérapie peut aussi endommager des cellules saines, mais celles-ci sont en mesure de se réparer par elles-mêmes.</p>

 

 

 

 

How does chemotherapy work?3459.00000000000How does chemotherapy work?How does chemotherapy work?HEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodyNADrug treatmentPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z12.200000000000033.6000000000000328.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2>​How does chemotherapy work?</h2><p>Cells reproduce by dividing so that one cell becomes two, and then two cells become four, and then eight, and so on. Normal cells only reproduce when our bodies need new cells, for example to allow us to grow or replace cells that die. </p><p></p><div class="asset-animation"> <iframe src="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Style%20Library/AKH/animations/TTCCancer_Chemotherapy_CanvasVersion/TTC_Cancer_Chemotherapy_Canvas_AMD_EN.html"></iframe>  </div><p>Some chemotherapy drugs work by damaging cells as they are dividing and reproducing. Cancer cells behave differently than normal cells and often divide more frequently. This means they are sensitive to the chemotherapy drugs that interfere with cell division or reproduction. Although chemotherapy can damage normal or healthy cells too, non-cancerous cells are usually able to repair themselves. </p><h2>How does chemotherapy reach the cancer cells?</h2><p>Chemotherapy medications travel through blood and can usually reach most of the different parts of the body. The blood carries the medication to the site of the cancer and to any cancer cells that have spread to other parts of the body. </p><h2>Why are there so many different chemotherapy drugs?</h2><p>Each chemotherapy drug damages cancer cells in a different way. For example, one chemotherapy drug might damage different parts of the cells than another one does, or it might damage the cells at different points in the process of dividing. This is why different chemotherapy drugs are used to treat different types of cancer. It is also why treatment might involve more than one type of medication. </p><p>You might sometimes hear your health-care team talk about a chemotherapy "protocol". This is a chemotherapy treatment plan designed to treat your type of cancer. You will learn a lot more about your chemotherapy when you start your protocol. The <a href="/Article?contentid=3470&language=English">assent forms</a> contain information about how the medication works and any side effects you may expect. </p><h2>Useful resources</h2><p>AboutKidsHealth - <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=999&language=English" target="_blank">Chemotherapy at home: Safely handling and giving medications</a> </p><p>Canadian Cancer Society - <a href="http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/diagnosis-and-treatment/chemotherapy-and-other-drug-therapies/chemotherapy/?region=on" target="_blank">Chemotherapy</a></p><p>American Cancer Society - <a href="https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/treatment-types/chemotherapy.html" target="_blank">Chemo – What it is, How it helps </a></p><p>Cancer Research UK - <a href="https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/treatment/chemotherapy/how-chemotherapy-works" target="_blank">How chemotherapy works</a></p><p>Macmillan Cancer Support (from the United Kingdom) - <a href="https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/treating/chemotherapy/chemotherapy-explained" target="_blank">Chemotherapy explained​</a></p>