Chemotherapy Notes

What is Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is a drug used to kill cancerous cells. usually used to treat cancer patients. The drug is strictly aimed at killing cells that multiply rapidly. Chemotherapy can be used alone or alongside other medication to work against cancerous cells.

What is Chemotherapy used for?

  • As the sole medication to treat the cancer patient
  • To shrink large tumors making surgery of a tumor possible (neoadjuvant therapy)
  • To ensure that the cancerous cells are removed even after surgery
  • To relieve symptoms of cancerous cells (palliative chemotherapy)

Other diseases Chemotherapy can treat

  • Bone Marrow Disease
  • Immune System Disorders

Side effects of Chemotherapy

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Mouth sores
  • Pain
  • Constipation
  • Easy bruising
  • Bleeding

Long-Term side effects of Chemotherapy

  • Damage to lung tissue
  • Heart problems
  • Infertility
  • Kidney problems
  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Risk of a second cancer



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