Liver Cancer Chemotherapy
is a disease which can affect many different organs and parts of the human body. It can occur when otherwise normal cells suddenly begin to act in an abnormal
fashion and grow uncontrollably. If left untreated, the growing
mass of abnormal tissue can disrupt the normal functions of the organ it originates in and create many issues
for the patient, some of which can be life threatening.
Unfortunately cancer can strike the liver and affect its ability to function normally. Once a positive diagnosis has been made there are a number of treatments which
may be used to combat this disease and eliminate the threat. One
such treatment option is called liver cancer chemotherapy.
It should be
explained that chemotherapy is a type of treatment in which specialized drugs or medications are used to destroy
cancer cells. If systemic or whole body chemotherapy is used, these
drugs get into the body either orally or through an injection. They
enter the bloodstream and eventually reach virtually all areas of the body. If the active compounds in these drugs encounter cells which show abnormal
growth, they will react with these cells and eventually kill them.
As it turns
out liver cancer is not very conducive to this type of therapy. The
cancer within the liver reacts very little to the popular anti-cancer drugs. Therefore it is not very effective at stopping the growth of cancer and
especially curing the disease.
researchers have tried different ways to get the drugs to the cancer site but they have found that the liver is
designed to break down chemical compounds which are what it does very effectively to these anti-cancer
drugs. This makes them pretty ineffective and not viable as a
some kinds of drugs used for liver cancer chemotherapy, they can be helpful in killing remaining cancer cells
following surgical removal of the cancerous tissue. And in some
cases they can be of benefit in shrinking tumors prior to surgical removal. This can make the removal easier and more effective.
important to note that a major complication with receiving liver cancer chemotherapy is the expected side
effects. These drugs react to rapidly growing cells which are
fairly unique to cancer cells. However there are still some normal
cells like hair cells and stomach lining cells which also grow and duplicate very quickly. So the drugs used in a chemotherapy treatment may mistakenly attack healthy
cells instead of just the cancerous cells.
in a number of side effects including falling hair, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue and
sluggishness. Once the treatment stops, these side effects tend
chemotherapy treatment is based on receiving multiple doses over a period of time. This helps the body to heal from the side effects from this type of treatment
and helps to provide for maximum dosage to the cancer tissues.
cancer also tends to spread to other organs before diagnosis, chemotherapy can be effective in treating cancer
cells which may be spread throughout the body. But the major goal
here is in managing the symptoms and helping to slow the rate of the disease. It most likely is unable to cure the disease at this point but more likely
help to extend the life of the patient and provide him/her with the best quality of life.