Chemotherapy treatment, also known as Chemo is a type of cancer treatment that is comprised from a mix of anti-cancer chemotherapeutic
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Chemotherapy treatment, also known as Chemo is a type of cancer treatment that is comprised from a mix of anti-cancer chemotherapeutic agents. Chemotherapy drugs are cytotoxic – meaning they attack cells that divide very rapidly in the body – this is one of the main properties of cancer cells. In the same time, chemotherapy drugs also attack healthy normal cells that divide rapidly – cells from hair follicles, from the digestive tract and bone marrow cells.
Chemotherapy treatment or chemo can be used to:
● Cure the individual from a certain disease or cancer
● Prolong the life of an individual
● Reduce symptoms of certain diseases – this is called palliative chemotherapy
Common types of chemo or chemotherapy treatment include:
● Chemotherapy for breast cancer
● Chemotherapy for lung cancer
● Chemotherapy for prostate cancer
● Chemotherapy for colon cancer
● Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer
● Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer
● Chemotherapy for liver cancer
● Chemotherapy for bladder cancer
Chemotherapy drugs can also be used to treat the following conditions:
● Crohn’s disease
● Multiple sclerosis
● Psoriatic arthritis
● Rheumatoid arthritis
● Systemic lupus erythematosus
Chemotherapy treatment is recommended for patients suffering from cancer or other diseases. Sometimes chemotherapy drugs may be administered before or after cancer surgery in order to eliminate any remnants of the diseased cancer cells.
Chemotherapy treatment is not recommended for the following categories of patients:
● Patients in the first-trimester pregnancy – Chemotherapy drugs can increase the potential of birth defects. Patients may need to wait until the second or third trimester before undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
● Patients suffering from Thrombocytopenia – Patients with low blood counts or low platelet counts may need transfusions or medications before undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
● Patients suffering from kidney or liver impairment – Depending on the degree of impairment, patients may or may not have chemo therapy.
● Patients who undergone surgery recently – This only applies to certain procedures but in some cases it’s best to wait and let the body recuperate before administering chemotherapy drugs.
● Patients with an active infection – These patients are at risk of developing more complications from the chemotherapy drugs – it’s best to first treat the infection and then start chemo therapy.
Patients need to quit smoking, abstain from any alcoholic drinks and eat as healthy as possible before the chemo therapy begins.
Certain tests need to be performed before the chemotherapy treatment can begin. Based on the results from these tests, the doctor will set up a treatment plan and decide on the following:
● The duration of the chemo therapy cycle
● The frequency of the chemo therapy cycle
● The number of cycles needed
Each chemotherapy treatment session lasts between 30 minutes and a few hours.
Chemotherapy can be administered in different ways, including through:
● Injection – Patients can have shots in their abdomen, legs, hips, thighs, arms
● Intra-arterial – The chemotherapy drugs are fed into an artery close to the cancer source
● Intra-peritoneal – Chemotherapy drugs are injected in the peritoneal cavity
● Topically – Chemotherapy drugs can come in the form of a cream which is then rubbed onto the skin
● Orally – Chemotherapy drugs in the form of capsules, pills or liquids
Patients can react differently to chemotherapy treatment. Cancer symptoms may decrease but some patients can feel very tired from the treatment.
Chemotherapy treatment risks and complications can include:
● Early menopause start in women
● Heart damage
Chemotherapy side effects can include one or more of the following:
● Feeling tired
● Feeling sick and vomiting
● Hair loss
● Mouth ulcers or sore mouth
● Loss of appetite
● Skin can become sensitive or dry
● Tinnitus – a ringing sound in the patient’s ears
Chemotherapy treatment success rates depend on the patient’s disease or cancer type.
Patients need to maintain a healthy lifestyle during and after chemotherapy treatment. Smoking and alcohol are strictly forbidden. There is a higher risk of developing infections or other diseases so patients need to take precautions in order to maintain a good state of health.