Medical Onoclogy FAQs

What can chemotherapy achieve?

Chemotherapy is a curative treatment options for some cancer types. Chemotherapy can also reduce the size of tumors, preventing future growth. When the tumor shrinks so much that it cannot be detected by examination and x-rays, it is called a “complete remission.” A complete remission does not necessarily mean cure.

How long will treatments last?

We tailor chemotherapy treatment to meet your needs. Some types of chemotherapy are given every three weeks, but sometimes a better result can come from smaller doses every week. Your physician will discuss these options with you before starting treatment.

When will we know if the chemotherapy is working?

This will vary from patient to patient. Your physician will outline a treatment plan with you and will do follow up tests (ex: CT scan, x-ray, MRI, PET-CT) at different intervals during your therapy.

Will chemotherapy make me sick?

Not all types of chemotherapy cause nausea and vomiting, but Nausea can be an uncomfortable side effect of chemotherapy. However anti-nausea drugs can minimize nausea and vomiting.

Will I lose my hair?

Hair loss can be temporary side effect of some chemotherapy agents. Your physician will discuss all possible side effects with you. If your chemotherapy causes hair loss or hair thinning, Guthrie offers wigs, scarves, bandanas and other hair accessories at no cost.

What can I do about loss of appetite?

Loss of appetite is a possible side effect of chemotherapy and sometimes is the result of your disease. Chemotherapy may cause your favorite foods to become tasteless or even disliked. We recommend eating balanced meals on a regular basis even when you prefer not to eat or do not feel hungry.

What do I do for fatigue and weakness?

Fatigue and weakness are common side effects of chemotherapy or the cancer itself. We recommend continuing to eat balanced meals and getting plenty of rest. Inform your doctor or nurse if the fatigue persists or worsens.

Do you offer chemotherapy at a location close to me?

Guthrie offers chemotherapy at convenient locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania including:

New York:

  • Guthrie Corning Cancer Center

Pennsylvania:

  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
  • Guthrie Wellsboro

For your convenience, Guthrie medical oncologists are available for new patient and follow-up visits in many locations, including

New York:

  • Guthrie Corning Hospital

Pennsylvania:

  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
  • Guthrie Wellsboro

Transportation is a problem for me. Are there organizations to help me get to chemotherapy appointments?

American Cancer Society (ACS) may be able to help. Depending on where you live, the ACS offers Road to Recovery, a program that provides free transportation for patients to cancer treatments. For information about Road to Recovery, call 1-800-227-2345, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.