Chemotherapy is a therapeutic method that employs powerful medicines to either kill cancer cells or halt or delay their development. Because these medicines circulate throughout the body, they are often referred to as systemic treatment. Chemotherapy may cure or control your cancer or help relieve symptoms, depending on a variety of variables.
It is critical to us that you maintain your quality of life while in care. We would always find physicians and nurses who will keep a close eye on you both during and after your treatment.
Chemotherapy, which often works by targeting fast-dividing cells, may damage both healthy and malignant cells, such as those that produce blood cells or cause your hair to grow. Damage to healthy cells may result in adverse effects during or after therapy, or both. Your care team, on the other hand, may provide ways to reduce or manage such effects, as well as modify the medication or your dose as needed. We’re also trying to create novel drug-based therapies that are not only more effective but also have fewer adverse effects.
There are currently some novel alternatives to conventional chemotherapy medicines that more precisely target cancer cells while leaving normal cells alone. Several immunotherapies and targeted treatments developed by us and other cancer specialists, for example, may have fewer or different side effects.
If chemotherapy is part of your treatment plan, your doctor will explain why it is the best option for you. Chemotherapy may be the only viable treatment choice for malignancies that affect the blood or lymph system, such as leukaemia and lymphoma. Other reasons to incorporate chemotherapy in your treatment strategy are as follows:
eliminating any cancer cells that may remain in your body after radiation or surgery (called adjuvant treatment)
tumour reduction prior to surgery or radiation therapy (called neoadjuvant treatment)
treating cancer that has returned (recurred) or spread to other areas of your body enhancing the impact of radiation treatment
reducing the severity of your cancer symptoms by decreasing tumours that are pressing on or exerting pressure on certain areas of your body
Chemotherapy is administered to patients in a variety of methods. These are some examples:
intravenously (IV), with the drug delivered into your vein via a thin tube known as a catheter orally in the form of tablets, pills, or capsules that you swallow by injection with a shot in a muscle or below your skin topically in the form of a cream that you apply to your skin intrahepatically, with the drug delivered into the hepatic artery, which sends blood directly into the liver via interpenetration
If you are taking chemotherapy intravenously, your doctor may suggest putting a port (similar to an artificial vein) into your chest wall beneath the skin. It may be left in place indefinitely if necessary. If your care team suggests using a port to administer your therapy, your doctor will explain why it might be helpful for you, how and where it will be put, how to care for it, how long you may need it, how it is removed, and any possible dangers associated. We will answer any of your questions to assist you in making an educated choice.