Diagnosis for Chemotherapy
- Chemotherapy can be used as the primary treatment for cancer.
- Adjuvant Therapy- Chemotherapy can be used after other treatments, such as surgery, to kill any cancer cells that might remain in the body.
- Neo-Adjuvant Therapy- Chemotherapy can given before surgery or radiation to shrink a tumor so that other treatments are possible.
- For Palliation- to relieve symptoms of cancer by killing some of the cancer cells in incurable cases.
- Chemotherapy is often used to prepare for a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant.
- Immune System Disorders- Lower doses of chemotherapy drugs can help control an overactive immune system. Eg: in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
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- Blood tests and scans are performed to check kidney and liver, heart function to determine whether your body is capable to start chemotherapy.
- Treating any existing infections to reduce the risk of complications during chemotherapy treatment, since some chemotherapy may reduce your body's ability to fight infections.
- The doctor will Advice you to plan for long-term side effects example if your chemotherapy treatment will cause infertility, you may wish to consider your options for preserving your sperm or eggs for future use.
- Important to make arrangements at home and office as it given in the outpatient clinic and you can continue doing usual activities.
Chemotherapy drugs can be given in different ways:
- Chemotherapy infusions- a device is surgically inserted for intravenous chemotherapy- The catheter, port or pump is surgically implanted into a large vein, usually in your chest. Chemotherapy drugs can be given through the device.
- Chemotherapy pills
- Chemotherapy injections
- Chemotherapy creams especially in cases of skin cancer
- Chemotherapy drugs can be given directly to one area of the body. Example intra-peritoneal chemotherapy drugs can be given directly in the abdomen, into the chest cavity (intrapleural chemotherapy) etc.
You may have breaks between treatments so that your body has a chance to build new healthy cells.
After Effects of Chemotherapy
Following are some side effects of chemotherapy drugs:
- Nausea, Vomiting
- Hair loss
- Loss of appetite
- Mouth sores
- Easy bruising
- Kidney problems
- Nerve damage
- Heart problems
Many of the side effects can be prevented or treated. Most side effects subside after treatment ends.
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Factors Affecting Cost of Chemotherapy
The cost to the patient depends on a variety of factors like:
- The hospital, the patient chooses
- The cost of chemotherapy depends on the drugs given, stage of cancer, number of cycles and administering type etc.
- Fee for the team of specialists
- Standard test and diagnostic procedures
- Cost of the follow– up care required after chemotherapy
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