Bone Cancer Chemotherapy
people think of our bones as simply the means in which our bodies are supported. However they play other very important roles. The material inside of the bones is primarily responsible for producing the
key compounds in our blood. Since cancer can affect virtually all
tissues and areas of the body, it can affect the bones as well. In
addition to causing problems with the normal production of blood and blood compounds, it can cause many other
problems. One type of treatment for bone cancer will be discussed
here called bone cancer chemotherapy. It can be a very effective
way of helping to treat this kind of cancer. However it can have
some complications which will be discussed as well.
chemotherapy is a type of treatment which administers special medications which kill cancer cells by disrupting
their functions. The drugs are designed to attack cells which show
abnormally rapid growth. This is a key difference of cancer cells
from normal cells.
normal cells do have rapid growth as well. So this can create a
problem where the drugs not only attack the cancer cells but also healthy cells which have rapid growth as
well. This causes many of the side effects and complications which
may occur during bone cancer chemotherapy.
effects can include falling hair, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramping, mouth sores, loss of appetite, and
weight loss. These symptoms tend to go away once treatment has
chemotherapy can be useful in a number of ways. First of all since
the administered drugs travel through the bloodstream, it can be helpful for the types of bone cancer which
affect tissues which can be reached in this way. This includes the
marrow which is a vital part of keeping the blood healthy. But for
many types of bone cancer, the cancerous tumors are most often removed surgically.
chemotherapy can be helpful as additional treatment used to help to kill off any remaining cancer cells which
could not be removed during surgery. It can also be helpful in
treating and shrinking larger tumors which might otherwise be inoperable. This can also help to minimize the amount of bone which might otherwise need
to be removed to treat the disease effectively.
And for more
advanced cases of bone cancer, this type of chemotherapy is often used to help to control the growth of the
cancer but not necessarily cure it. For more advanced stages, the
cancer has often spread to other organs so surgery would not be as effective. But the bone cancer chemotherapy to can help to attack the cancer cells in
other organs as well.
It can also
be used to help address some of the painful symptoms associated with some types of bone cancer and provide
relief to its patients. For advanced bone cancer, while it may not
be able to cure the disease it can help to extend the life of the patient for as long as possible with a good
quality of life.