Many types of chemotherapy are given as an infusion or injection.
With chemotherapy infusions, chemotherapy drugs are put into the body through a thin tube called a catheter that is placed into a vein, artery or other area of the body. In some cases, a chemotherapy drug can be quickly injected with a syringe.
Medication is rapidly administered through a catheter directly from a syringe in a few minutes.
A typical infusion can take from a few minutes to a few hours. The medication flows from a plastic bag through the tube that connects to the catheter. Usually flow is controlled by an IV pump.
These infusions can last from one to several days and are controlled by electronic IV pumps.