The intention of chemotherapy is to kill cancer cells and shrink malignant tumors. It can extend survival in patients diagnosed with various malignancies. However, well-known and unfortunate consequences of chemotherapy are the harsh, potential side-effects (including cardio-toxicity, neurotoxicity, mucosititis, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, cramps and hair loss) that engender harmful problems to the human body. These side-effects can be temporary or cause permanent challenges, and limit dose intensity and the consistent-scheduled implementation of treatment cycles. Some patients undergoing cancer treatment fear the toxic side-effects even more than the cancer.
Which Chemotherapy Drugs Are Best?
You’ve been diagnosed with cancer. It can be a daunting challenge, but you’re poised to fight for your life. If you are embarking on a cancer-fighting protocol which includes chemotherapy, your objective is to use drugs that are effective in killing cancer cells, thus eradicating the cancer – or stopping or slowing its progress.
But the decision process regarding which chemo drugs are best, is a complex one. There are more than 100 chemotherapy drugs and drug combinations that are used in the oncology world. How do you know the best course, specifically, for you?