Doctors and experts alike feel that for the majority of breast cancer cases, chemotherapy isn’t always the best treatment choice. For the women it is right for, chemotherapy is capable of providing results that are both long term and effective.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to aid in fighting off cancer. The pharmacology industry is becoming more and more advanced., because of this the drugs currently used in chemotherapy are safer, and more targeted for specific types of caner. The drugs are more effective and have less side effects than drugs from the past. Today physicians prescribe their cancer patients a “drug cocktail” to help to curb the side effects while providing more effective treatment.
Chemotherapy drugs work by interfering with a cell’s ability to quickly divide. One of cancer’s major characteristics is that cells grow uncontrollably through division of an abnormal cells located within the breast cancer tissue.
Chemotherapy is often chosen when the cancer has become more advanced, requiring more a rigorous response to eradicate cancer cells. Cancer cells clumps can grow and metastasize (spread of a primary tumor to other areas, forming secondary tumors of similar type). That condition may indicate that chemotherapy is an appropriate regimen.
Cancers can come back. The causes of this is not currently understood. In some instances it could be that the original cancer was not completely eradicated. It could also be the case that the true cause that originally generated the cancerous tumor is still both active and present, causing the cancer to show itself. Whatever the reason is, Chemotherapy is typically used.
But one of the more serious complications with chemotherapy treatments is related to its side effects. Though the drugs are improving in this regard, chemotherapy treatments sometimes affect healthy cells as well as cancerous ones. That results in healthy systems being harmed and lessened in function.
Since some of that function is to fight disease such as the cancer itself, a double harm occurs. Radiation therapy has a similar drawback in that it compromises the immune system, which is part of what helps to fight the cancer and its effects.
Often an individual’s digestive system is negatively affected. They might experience nausea, hair loss, and even have poor bone marrow composition. Bone marrow is used for different bodily functions. Most importantly it assists in the production of both white and red blood cells.
Someone undergoing chemotherapy might experience heart, kidney, and other organ damage. This is extremely uncommon because the cells in these organs aren’t capable of dividing as frequently under normal instances. In some studies individuals lost their memory and concentration. Older females often find that their reproductive system changes, causing premature menopause.
The chemotherapy drugs used today are easily tolerated and more specific to cancer type than the drugs of the past. They help to cut off vessels responsible for feeding the tumors with blood, and encouraging growth in the vessel. There are many different ways chemotherapy is administered. Each patient has a regimen designed specifically for them.
Though never pleasant, chemotherapy provides an important tool in the fight against what was once an almost always fatal disease. Today, long term survivability is greater than ever with fewer long-term side effects. Chemotherapy is one of the reasons.