Throat Cancer Chemotherapy
cancer is a type of disease where cancer cells can form within the throat or voice box. Cancer cells are abnormal cells which tend to grow very rapidly and
uncontrollably. Cancer cells do not function like normal cells so
the growth of cancer within the throat can cause many problems. The
disease has the potential to cause death due to the manner in which it can impact the body. There are some important ways in which doctors diagnose the disease as well as
different treatment options. The type of treatment is largely
dependent on the type of throat cancer involved, its stage, and other factors related to the health of the
patient. One option which will be discussed here is throat cancer
chemotherapy is a type of treatment consisting of giving special medications to a throat cancer patient in order
to attack and kill cancer cells in his body. The medication is
normally administered either orally or intravenously and travels through the bloodstream until it encounters to
medications normally attack cancer cells because they are designed to react with cells which exhibit faster than
normal growth rates. The medicines usually disrupt the growth
mechanisms of the cells and cause them to die. However a common
complication and side effect of this type of treatment is that in addition to affecting cancer cells, it can
also attack and kill other cells which show rapid growth rates.
This can include hair cells and the cells which line the stomach.
So in many cases it is difficult to administer these drugs without having them affect other healthy tissue. The
dosages and frequency of treatment is designed to provide for good results against the cancer while limiting the
damage to healthy tissue and cells. But common side effects like the following can often
Dry or sore mouth
effects usually go away once treatment has stopped. And there have been a number of improvements in the types of
drugs used as well as advanced delivery systems which can allows these drugs to affect mainly cancer cells and
limit the exposure to other healthy cells.
treatment option, throat cancer chemotherapy is not used extensively. The most common procedures involve surgical removal of the cancerous tissue
followed by radiation therapy to help to eliminate any remaining cancer cells in the area.
throat cancer chemotherapy may be used to help improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy for certain kinds
of throat cancer. It can also be effective in helping to shrink
cancerous tumors so that they can be removed successfully.
This type of
therapy may also be used for the type of throat cancer which can affect the voice box. To help preserve the function of the voice box, throat cancer chemotherapy may
be used in place of surgery or radiation to help preserve the voice function.
cancer chemotherapy may be a preferred option for cases where the cancer is no longer localized and has spread
to other organs. It may help to slow down the spread of the cancer
and relieve some of the symptoms including pain, fatigue, weight loss, and others.