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Your doctor may prescribe an anti-cancer treatment for you in the form of pills or capsules to be taken by mouth (orally). Such treatments are classic chemotherapies or targeted therapies. They have the same side effects as those administered intravenously. This medication must be handled carefully.
There are some simple ways to help you not to forget when to take your pills: setting the alarm on your clock, telephone or watch, keeping your pills near your toothbrush, putting a glass of water on the bathroom shelf, using a pill dispenser, keeping spare pills in your handbag (useful on a journey).
In the public’s eyes oral treatment seems rather banal and harmless. That is not the case. This new form of medication for the treatment of cancer is still little understood, but is quickly catching on.
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Medicinal treatments for cancer [Medical treatments in cancer cases].