Cancer is a condition in which body continuously divide or forms large number of cells for no use. This is unstoppable process but it can be controlled with chemotherapy. Chemoor CTX or CTx usechemotherapeutic agents, chemical substances and anti-cancer medications to kill or shrink cancer cells. It is given along with hormonal & targeted therapyto reduce symptoms.
Other conditions treated with chemo are:
Chemotherapy slows down the cancer growth and stops them from dividing quickly. This therapy kills cancer cells as well as healthy cells which may cause side effects. But side effects become negligible once chemo is over.
Chemotherapy is used to cure and control cancer. Once the cells are destroyed by chemotherapy then cancer cells will never grow back. It stops cancer cells from spreading and growing in other parts of your body. It also shrinks tumors which causes pain.
Chemotherapy is used as a cancer treatment but may be combined with surgery, radiation therapy,Oral chemo medications and biological therapy as per severity. In neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, large tumor is shrinked before surgery or radiation therapy. In adjuvant chemotherapy, cancer cells that may remain live after surgery or radiation therapy are destructed. Radiation therapy and biological therapy is the best combination to make it work better. Recurrent cancer or cancer cells (metastatic) which appear again or may spread in the body are destructed with chemotherapy. Induction chemotherapy is used for curative intent.Consolidation chemotherapy is for improving overall survival and to make body cancer free. If detected with side effects, your doctor or nurse will immediately make changes in medications.
Doctor decides and prescribeschemotherapy drugs according to the type of cancer. Few drugs are meant for different types of cancer and some only for just one or two types of cancer. Whether you have undergone chemotherapy before, what is the response rate, or investigate on prior medical conditions of heart and diabetes because chemo has toxicities.
Chemotherapy is given in hospital, home or in doctor's clinic. It is an outpatient procedure where you do not have to stay overnight. Some hospitals may have private treatment rooms or different settings or one large room to treat many patients together.Doctors and nurses will watch for any side effects during the treatment.
Chemotherapy has a cycle followed by rest period because the doses are too high. For e.g.: you may receive 1st chemo and then doctor asks you to take rest for 3 weeks. These 4 weeks make up one cycle of therapy in which body builds up healthy and new cells.
It is recommended never or not to miss any dose because cancer cells may increase rapidly or you may get any other side effect. Doctor will decide any changes in chemotherapy schedule
In Intravenous dosage nurse will directly give chemotherapy through a thin needle which is placed inside the vein and remove it once treatment is over. If you feel any pain or irritation or burning sensation, then immediately convey it to the doctor.
Different patient show different effects during chemotherapy. It entirely depends on your health, cancer type and its stage, chemotherapy type being taken and the amount of dose. Some feel exhausted, tired, and numb. Whenever you undergo chemotherapy make sure somebody or relative is with you for:
If you feel alright after a day or 2 after chemotherapy then definitely you can.And if your job allows then work from home is the better option for few days. Full-time employees should talk to their employers about the schedule and treatment to adjust work timings.Many continue their daily activities to keep themselves occupied.
It is always advisable to consult your doctor first before taking any medicine. Now medications to entirely depend on cancer & chemotype combined with medicines you take.Keep them informed about the medicines list you take like laxatives, allergy medicines, cold medicines, pain relievers, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Properly arrange the drugs as per the dosage and reason.
Chemotherapy has many side effects; you may feel low or exhausted. Let your doctor know so that he will prescribe suitable vitamins, minerals, dietary supplements, or herbs to make you feel better.
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