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Medical oncology is the specialty associated with administering chemotherapy, or cancer-fighting drugs, to treat cancerous cells. Chemotherapy is a very effective treatment has been used for many years. The number and types of chemotherapy medications increase each year as research continues to find new and better ways to fight cancer and lessen the side effects associated with treatment.

Inova Cancer Institute offers dedicated medical oncology units staffed by physicians and nurses with special expertise in oncology and cancer care. These professionals are highly experienced in chemotherapy and its side effects, pain management and cancer education. Your medical oncologist consults with radiation therapists and surgeons about your overall treatment plan and determines the proper medications and dosage.