Ovarian Cancer Chemotherapy
cancer is a form of the disease which strikes women at a rate of over 20,000 new cases every year in the
US. It is a very serious disease but one which has a number of
treatment options. Let’s discuss one important type of treatment
which is called ovarian cancer chemotherapy.
involves the application of special drugs to the body which are designed to kill cancer cells. One of the most common methods of treatment for ovarian cancer is surgical
removal of the cancerous tissue. However chemotherapy can be useful
when the cancer has to more advanced stages and has now affected more than just the ovary.
In this case
it would be difficult to perform surgical procedures to identify and remove all traces of the
cancer. Surgeons would most likely try to remove as much
cancerous tissue as possible. But the chemotherapy would then be
used to kill the remaining cancer cells.
implementing ovarian cancer chemotherapy, the drugs used may be administered orally or
intravenously. These drugs travel through the body and
eventually find the cancer cells and destroy them. This is
because the drugs are designed to react with cells which grow very rapidly. Cancer cells duplicate and grow much faster than most normal
cells. However other healthy cells like hair cells and those
cells which line the stomach also tend to show very rapid growth. So the anti-drugs not only affect the cancer cells but they can also kill
healthy cells which grow very rapidly.
cause a number of important side effects from this type of treatment. During the course of a chemotherapy treatment, patients may lose their
hair. Other common complaints include nausea, diarrhea, cramping
and pain, and fatigue. These side effects can sometimes be very
severe and must be managed carefully.
A course of
treatment from chemotherapy may involve the regular application of these drugs over a period of
time. This allows the body to recover from the damage inflicted
from these drugs.
The manner in
which the drugs are administered to the body has seen some improvements in recent years. One option is to deliver the drugs directly into the abdominal cavity using a
thin tube. Rather than coursing through the entire body, the drugs
can get immediate access the cancer cells and minimize the impact to nearby healthy cells.
have been a number of new anti-cancer drugs used which do a better job of choosing to attack primarily cancer
cells and leaving the healthy cells alone. This allows doctors to
administer much higher dosages of this special medication without the risk of affecting healthy nearby
tissue. The treatments therefore can be much more
also be noted that there are certain kinds of cancer which are difficult to kill and which can return in a few
years following initial treatment. In this case the ovarian cancer
chemotherapy may be used to combat the threat of the new cancer and keep it from progressing.