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Chemotherapy For Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy is essentially a method of treatment for cancer with the use of drugs which have the ability to destroy cancer cells. Nowadays many different types of chemotherapies are practiced. Hence your reaction to a chemo treatment may be very different from what others are experiencing.

Chemotherapy For Cancer Treatment

How can Chemotherapy Help?

The uses of chemotherapy include:

  • Destruction of cancer cells
  • Stop the spreading of cancer cells
  • Slow down the growth rate of cancer cells

Chemotherapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment or combined with other treatments like surgery. It will enhance the positive effects of other treatments like surgery or radiation therapy. Sometimes chemotherapy is also given before a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. It is generally advised that you don’t take any medicine, vitamins or herbs along with the chemotherapy other than the ones prescribed by your doctor because these can interfere with the working of the treatment. Make sure to get all the blood tests prescribed by the doctor done because these help your doctor to take some important decisions.

How Do You Give Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy can be given using three methods:

  • Intravenously using an IV
  • An injection into the muscles of any part of the body
  • A liquid or pill that has to be taken orally
  • A cream to be rubbed on the skin

How Often Is Chemotherapy Given?

Treatments may be given every week, every day or every month because the treatment should be followed by a rest period which allows the body to produce new healthy cells. Before commencing the treatment your doctor will talk to you about your treatment schedule.

What is the Experience during the Treatment?

It is not possible to predict how a person will feel because each treatment and a person’s reaction to it are different. Some people even feel good enough to continue with their regular schedules at work and at home while others feel tired and worn out. Nowadays it is possible to prevent or control many of the side effects of chemotherapy. Your doctor can help to guide you regarding the best way to do so.

What You Need To Know About Clinical Trials?

The clinical trials for cancer treatment are meant to find better ways to treat the ailment. If you take part in a clinical trial you can try a new treatment which could be better than the treatment already being given to you. These clinical trials are a viable option for many people suffering from cancer as they are essentially research studies that involve people. You should make the effort to learn about clinical trials for the type of cancer that you have and then decide whether you would like to be part of one.

Emotional Disorders during Chemotherapy

Almost all patients get these feelings during the course of their cancer treatment with chemotherapy:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Helplessness
  • Loneliness

It is quite normal to experience a wide range of feelings during chemotherapy because dealing with cancer can be stressful. It is also natural to feel fatigue which makes it harder to deal with your feelings.

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How to Cope with Emotional Disorders during Chemotherapy?

The best way to cope with these feelings is to actively do something about them:

  • Relax – Find some quiet time for yourself and do the things that you enjoy the most like listening to music or reading
  • Exercise – Many cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy find that light exercise makes them feel better. There are many ways that you can exercise like walking, doing yoga or riding a bike. However, before taking on any exercise routine it is advisable to discuss it with your doctor.
  • Converse with others – Do not go into a shell and instead share your feeling with someone you can trust. This person should be someone who can focus on you like your close friend, chaplain, family member, nurse or social worker. It is also a good idea to talk to someone else who is getting chemotherapy.
  • Join a support group – these groups put you in touch with other people with the same problems.

 

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