Systemic Treatment

Systemic treatment is any medication that travels through your body in the bloodstream to find, damage or destroy cancer cells. It includes chemotherapy, checkpoint inhibitor, hormone therapy or targeted therapy. The goals for systemic treatment are different for everyone and they can also change over time.

The Systemic Treatment and Checkpoint Inhibitor books have lots of information on topics such as what these treatments are about, what to expect, how to prepare, how to manage side effects, and many other important topics.

Books, Class & Videos

Systemic Treatment: Chemotherapy, Targeted Therapy and Hormone Therapy


Checkpoint Inhibitors: Information for Patients and Families


Systemic Treatment Video Series

What is Systemic Treatment?

Systemic Treatment: Managing Your Side Effects

Targeted Therapy

Living Your Best During Systemic Treatment

Class Presentation:

Preparing for Chemotherapy and Targeted Therapy

In this class presentation on Chemotherapy and Targeted Therapy, a nurse from Cancer Care Alberta will talk about what Chemotherapy and Targeted therapy is, how to prepare for appointments, give you an idea of what to expect, describe side effects and how you can manage them and where to find supports and resources.

Note: Hormone therapy is not included in the presentation

Checkpoint Inhibitor Treatment Class

In this class presentation, you will learn about what checkpoint inhibitor treatment is, how to prepare for appointments, what to expect, side effects and how you can manage them, and a few other things that can help you during treatment.