Breast Cancer Chemotherapy
cancer is a type of disease which affects many thousands of women in the US each year. It is a very serious disease and doctors, scientists and researchers are
always striving to find new and improved treatment options. Breast
cancer chemotherapy can cover a number of ways to use specialized chemicals to help to fight the cancer and
relieve many of its symptoms. Let’s review and discuss this topic
chemotherapy entails the use of chemicals which are introduced into the body with the objective of killing
cancer cells and affecting their growth. A number of important and
effective chemotherapy medications exist and a doctor is generally responsible for determining the best
compounds of combination of compounds to use.
A very common
type of treatment for breast cancer involves surgical removal of any and all cancer cells and tissues in the
area. This is especially true if the cancer has remained localized
and not spread to any other nearby organs. In this case the
affected is usually surgically removed but breast cancer chemotherapy can be used to kill any remaining cancer
cells in the breast which may not have been able to be surgically removed.
breast cancer chemotherapy may be used to initially treat the cancer. It has the capacity to shrink any tumors because it is designed to destroy
cancer cells. Once the tumor has been reduced sufficiently, it
should be easier and more effective to remove the remainder of the cancer through surgery.
If the cancer
has spread to other organs before it has been diagnosed, it is most likely impractical to use surgical
techniques because the cancer is too widespread. However breast
cancer chemotherapy may be a very viable option to attack the cancer in several locations. In addition it can help to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life
for the patient as long as possible.
chemotherapy can be very effective as a treatment option. However
there are often unwanted side effects which must be managed carefully for the well-being of the
patient. Since these medications are so effective at destroying
cancer cells they may also have the potential to destroy healthy cells. So dosages must be carefully monitored in order to minimize the incidence of
side effects. In addition the duration of these treatments are
staged in order to help to provide maximum effectiveness against the cancer while protecting healthy cells as
much as possible.
common side effects can include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue and some mental problems like memory, emotions or
cognitive function. In addition the introduction of these
medications also has a tendency to cause a patient’s hair to fall out. Many of these side effects pass and reverse themselves once treatment has
And some more
recent treatment options are able to use chemotherapy medications which have the ability to identify cancer
cells and then attack them only, leaving the healthy cells alone.
This is a fairly new type of treatment but improvements are being made regularly. So breast cancer chemotherapy may very represent some excellent treatment
options to combat, manage or cure this disease.