Chemotherapy promotes the spread and growth of cancer cells by destroying them or preventing them from dividing.
If there is no control or order, cancer cells tend to grow and grow rapidly. Since these cells grow very quickly, sometimes they may separate from the actual tumor and they may move to other parts of the body. Therefore, chemotherapy will help reduce and destroy actual tumor cells as well as other body parts.
Most common cells grow and divide in a biased and orderly manner. Some cells can divide quickly, including nails, hair follicles, digestive tract, bone marrow and cells in the mouth. This treatment involves the use of chemical agents that can prevent cell growth. This also eliminates the distribution of cells from the original site to other parts. As a result, this is considered a systemic treatment.
How does this work?
Specifically, this is aimed at killing cancer cells. This will be administered intravenously and injected into the body cavity, or it may be administered in the form of a pill, depending on the drug used to treat you.
The role of chemotherapy is to reduce the growth of cancer cells or to destroy cancer cells; but unfortunately, it does not know the difference between healthy cells and cancer cells. Therefore, this may also be inadvertently harmful to other types of rapidly dividing cells, and chemotherapy may cause side effects.
Some cancer cells grow rapidly, while other cancer cells grow slowly. Several types of drugs are used in chemotherapy to target different growth patterns of cancer cells. Each of the drugs used in this therapy has a specific mode of operation and works effectively in the life cycle of cancer treatment by targeting cancer cells. Your doctor will decide which chemotherapy drug is right for you.
What are the side effects?
The goal is to make your treatment as timely as possible, problem-free and effective. Treatment works by destroying cancer cells, but it can also cause some side effects, such as:
• Low red blood cell count
• Low white blood cell count
• Hair loss
Although some side effects are uncomfortable, they are temporary. Some may also result in dose reduction and delays in treatment and even life-threatening. Fortunately, there has been effective progress in the improvement of “active” therapies, which will help manage side effects.
Play an active role while managing side effects. Learn everything you can do and discuss your problem with your doctor.