Chemotherapy to Treat Cancer

Chemotherapy to Treat Cancer

(Last Updated On: April 29, 2018)

Chemotherapy, also called “chemo,” it’s a way to treat cancer that uses drugs to kill cancer cells. The treatment of chemo works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which can grow and divide faster than healthy cells.

How  is chemotherapy given?

Chemotherapy treatment may be a single drug or a combination of drugs and commonly given by orally and injection.

In general, chemotherapy treatment is given in cycles. How often you receive chemotherapy depends on the type of cancer and which drug or combination of drugs you receive. A circle of chemotherapy usually takes between 2-4 week, although it can be more or less than that.

Side effects of chemotherapy

Chemotherapy targets cells that grow and divide quickly, as cancer cells do. Unfortunately,  it also can affect some fast-growing healthy cells, like those of the skin, hair, intestines, and bone marrow. That’s what causes some of the side effects from the treatment including:

  • Dry lips and cracked
  • Bruising
  • Oral Ulcer
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss

The severity of side effects depend on many factors, including your overall health and the drugs you were given. For the most effective of chemotherapy treatment, patients should follow the treatment schedule and maintain healthy routines; concerning on dietary, hygiene, sleep and strength.

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