Used in the treatment of cancer, Chemotherapy is an aggressive therapy in which chemical drugs are administered, to kill rapidly growing cells, such as cancer cells, in the body. Depending on the type and stage of cancer, Chemotherapy can be paired with other forms of treatment such as surgery or radiation therapy, for an effective solution. An oncologist first determines your overall health and presence of cancer in your body, after which a treatment plan can be crafted.
Chemotherapy Treatment Process
Chemotherapy is essentially conducted in sessions, depending on the progression of the condition. Taking the appropriate precautions for before and after care for each session can greatly help alleviate any side effects.
The doctor first evaluates your health, to determine if you are fit enough to undergo the treatment. Once a date for the session is set, it is essential to take precautions before chemotherapy to lighten your workload after the session, as you may experience weakness. Also inquire about any fertility issues or measures you can take before the session, such as egg or sperm freezing, etc.
There are various Chemotherapy advantages, making various oncologists recommend this form of treatment to patients, depending on their condition.
- Reduces or stops the spread of cancer in the body
- Lowers the number of cancerous cells in the body
- Reduces the symptoms and effects of cancer
- Shrinks the size of tumors
- Helps relieve pain in patients with Stage 4 cancer
- Can help treat various immune-system disorders as well
- Offers cures in many cases e.g.: leukemia/lymphomas.
- Increases chances of cure in others e.g.: Breast/colon cancer, etc
Side effects of Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment that targets the whole body. Due to this, cells in the skin, hair, blood, etc. also tend to get affected, casing various side-effects.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Fertility issues
- Pain from nerve damage
- Sexual changes
- Hair fall
- Fatigue and weakness
- Mouth sores or dry mouth
- Skin and nail changes
- Memory and concentration issues
There are various medications and lifestyle changes your doctor may make you undergo, in order to tackle the side effects.
Chemotherapy Treatment Cost
Chemotherapy essentially requires a number of sessions that are determined by your health, the type of cancer, and the stage of the condition. The oncologist may be able to give you a rough idea of the number of sessions you may require after your health checkup is conducted. However, it is important to understand that cancer cells are erratic, and it is impossible to predict the outcome of each session. Hence, only an estimated number can be given. Consult our oncologists to get your condition checked and an estimated number of sessions required.
The Cancer Institute at MPCT hospital houses the finest oncologists, who work in cohesion to craft a treatment plan for all types of cancer. By using only cutting-edge technology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, they harness accuracy and precision at every step. MPCT hospital maintains its focus and commitment towards alleviating cancer in each patient, through excellent treatments and compassionate care that puts the patient first at every step.