Do you feel sick after chemotherapy?
Treatment can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. During that time, you will be considered immunocompromised – not able to fight infection. After finishing chemotherapy treatment, it can take about 21 to 28 days to recover your immune system.
Chemotherapy anticancer drugs are used to slow down or stop the growth of rapidly-dissolved cancer cells in the body. Medicines can be used:
- As a first aid to destroy cancer cells
- Before another treatment to reduce a tumour
- After another treatment to destroy any remaining cancer cells
To get rid of advanced cancer symptoms
In the Cancer Treatment Center of America® (CTCA), our medical practitioners are experienced in distributing targeted, individual chemotherapy options, while also managing the side effects of actively. When chemotherapy medicines travel through blood flow to reach the cells throughout the body, it is known as systemic chemotherapy; When chemotherapy drugs are directed to a specific area of the body, it is called regional chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy delivery methods
Some chemotherapy delivery methods include:
- Verbally (as a pill or liquid in the mouth)
- Unknowingly (by an infusion in a vein)
- From the top (as a cream on the skin)
Direct placement (through a blanket puncture or device placed under the skull)
When chemotherapy medicines travel through blood flow to reach the cells throughout the body, it is called systemic chemotherapy. When chemotherapy drugs are directed to a specific area of the body, it is called regional chemotherapy.
Management of Chemotherapy Side Effects
While chemotherapy targets cancer cells, it can also damage healthy cells and can cause unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, and mouth lesions. Your care team will provide various supportive care services to help prevent or manage side-effects during your chemotherapy treatment.
Experienced care team
For most of our patients, a medical doctor acts as her primary doctor. Our medical practitioners and cancer experts, including gynaecologists, are trained in diagnosing cancer and giving chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and/or hormone therapy. They will work together with you and your rest care team to discuss chemotherapy options based on your personal needs.
Personal treatment approach
When you arrive at the hospital, your medical oncologist or gynaecologist will review your medical history and complete clinical evaluation, then you will present a treatment plan based on your specific diagnosis.
Chemotherapy is an important part of treatment for many of our patients. Our doctors use standard care protocols and practice evidence-based medicine. In some cases, we can use innovative distribution methods for some types of cancer treatment.
Chemotherapy is the use of medicines to destroy cancer cells. It works by preventing cancer cells and cells to grow and split them. Since cancer cells are usually faster and split than normal cells, chemotherapy has a greater effect on cancer cells. However, the drugs used for chemotherapy are powerful, and they still can harm healthy cells.
Different Types of Chemotherapy
Treatment with these powerful drugs is called standard chemotherapy, traditional chemotherapy, or cytotoxic chemotherapy.
Many other types of medicines also cure cancer. Many new drugs are called targeted drugs or targeted therapy. Targeted medicines damage cancer cells by blocking the gene or protein found in cancer cells. Since these treatments typically work on cancerous cells, they cause various side effects and usually reduce healthy cells. Other types of cancer therapy include hormones and medicines that work with your immune system to fight cancer, a type of treatment is called immunotherapy.
How does chemotherapy treat cancer?
Doctors use chemotherapy in different ways in different ways. Contains:
- To reduce tumours before surgery or radiation therapy. It is called neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
- To kill any remaining cancer cells after surgery or radiation therapy. It is called as auxiliary chemotherapy.
- As a sole remedy. For example, to treat cancer of the blood or lymphatic systems, such as leukaemia and lymphoma.
- Cancer that comes back after treatment, which is called recurrent cancer.
- For cancer that spreads to other parts of the body, which is called metastatic cancer.
The goals of chemotherapy depend on the type of cancer and how far it has spread. Occasionally, the goal of treatment is to get rid of all the cancers and prevent it from coming back. If this is not possible, you may get delayed in cancer development or slow chemotherapy.
Delaying or slowing down the development of cancer with chemotherapy also helps in managing the symptoms due to cancer. Chemotherapy is sometimes called Palaeolithic Chemotherapy, with the goal of delaying the development of cancer.
Your Chemotherapy Plan
There are many medicines available for the treatment of cancer. A doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer with medicine, called a medical doctor, will determine your chemotherapy. You can get a combination of medicines because it sometimes works better than a medication alone.
Medicines, dosage, and treatment programs depend on many factors. Contains:
- Cancer type
- Tumour size, its location, and if it has spread or where. This is called the stage of cancer.
- Your age and general health
- How well you can cope with some side effects
Where is chemotherapy?
Your health care team can give you chemotherapy at the clinic, doctor’s office or hospital. Some types of chemotherapy are given by mouth, and they can be taken home.
How long does chemotherapy take?
Chemotherapy is often given for a specific time, such as 6 months or a year. Or as long as it works, chemotherapy may be obtained.
Side effects from many drugs are very serious to give treatment every day. Doctors usually give these medicines with a break, so you have time to relax and recover before the next treatment. It allows you to heal your healthy cells.
For example, you may get chemotherapy doses on the first day, and then there may be 3 weeks recovery time before replacing the treatment. Each 3-week period is called the treatment cycle. Many chakras make a course of chemotherapy. A course usually lasts for 3 months or more.
Other drug therapies for cancer
Traditional medicines used for chemotherapy are an important part of many cancer treatments. Medicines affect both cancer cells and healthy cells. But scientists have prepared new medicines that work more specifically for cancer treatment. These treatments cause various side effects.
Doctors can use these new cancer medicines only in the form of drug treatment. But they are usually added to conventional chemotherapy. These types of treatment include:
- Hormone therapy: These treatments change the number of hormones in your body. Hormones are chemicals that make your body naturally. They help control the activity of some cells or organs. Doctors use hormonal therapy because the hormone levels control many types of cancer. It contains some breast and prostate cancer.
- Targeted Therapy: These treatments target and disable genes or proteins found in cancer cells which require the development of cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy: This type of treatment helps fight your cancer against the natural health of your body. This type of treatment can now be used for some types of cancer and will play an important role in the future treatment of cancer.