Overview Of Chemotherapy

  • 1. What is Chemotherapy?
  • Chemotherapy has been used since the days of the ancient Greeks. Chemotherapy for cancer care, however, began with the use of nitrogen mustard in the 1940s. Since then, several new medicines have been created and tested in an effort to discover what is effective in Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy ...
  • 2. What is a Chemotherapy Regimen and Cycle?
  • A regimen of Chemotherapy is usually administered in cycles. A regimen is the specific combination of Chemotherapy drugs that you will receive and the number of cycles you will undergo at this stage of treatment. Over time, the prescription can change as doctors and nurses see how the body resp...
  • 3. When Do You Need Chemotherapy?
  • Whether you need Chemotherapy as part of your treatment depends on what type of cancer you have, how big it is and whether it has spread or not. Chemotherapy circulates in the bloodstream in the body. Therefore, cancer can be treated almost anywhere in the body, using Chemotherapy. Surgery ...
  • 4. Who Can Take Chemotherapy
  • Several tumours are susceptible to Chemotherapy. For them, Chemotherapy will work really well. However, certain cancer types do not appear to respond to Chemotherapy well. For that scenario, the doctor might not recommend this as a treatment for you. Chemotherapy can be a difficult procedure...
  • 5. When is Chemotherapy Used?
  • Chemotherapy can be used in situations where cancer has spread, or there is a possibility that it may. Chemo can be used to: Attempt to absolutely cure cancer (curative chemotherapy)Allow more effective other therapies for example; it can be combined with Radiotherapy (chemoradiation) or us...
  • 6. Chemo Work Against Cancer
  • How does chemo work against cancer? Chemotherapy targets cells that are fast-growing, such as cancer cells. Chemo will work throughout your body as opposed to radiation or Surgery which target specific areas. But it may also affect other fast-growing healthy cells, such as skin, hair, intestin...
  • 7. Goals of Chemotherapy
  • Goals of Chemotherapy treatment When your doctor has prescribed Chemotherapy as an option to cure your cancer, while making medical choices, it is important to consider the goals of the procedure. Chemotherapy (chemo) has three main goals in cancer treatment: CureControlPalliation Cure...
  • 8. How is Chemotherapy Given?
  • Chemotherapy drugs can be given in different ways. The method of administering the Chemotherapy drug depends on the type of cancer diagnosed and the effectiveness of the drug. Common methods include: Intravenous (IV) Into a veinOral (PO)- By mouthIntramuscular (IM) injection Into a muscleSubcu...
  • 9. Chemotherapy Accessibility
  • Where you can have chemotherapy Patients may get Chemotherapy in various ways, depending on the type of chemotherapy: in a Chemotherapy care centre, in an outpatient clinic, during a hospital stay, or at home. 1. Chemotherapy day-care centres Chemotherapy can be taken at day-care cen...
  • 10. Pre & Post Chemotherapy
  • Before, during, and after Chemotherapy Preparing for Chemotherapy Because Chemotherapy is a serious treatment for a serious condition, it is crucial to plan ahead before the therapy begins. Your doctor and staff at the hospital will help you anticipate possible treatment-related issues. You...
  • 11. Risks and Side Effects
  • Risks and side effects of chemotherapy Chemotherapy risks typically relate to side effects caused by the breakdown of normal, healthy cells or by the response of the body to the particular drugs being used. Oncologists know how to avoid many side effects associated with the administered Chemoth...