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Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells or slow their growth. These drugs can be administered orally or intravenously and work by targeting rapidly dividing cells, which are characteristic of cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be used alone or in combination with other treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, or immunotherapy, depending on the type and stage of cancer.

When and why do people go for Chemotherapy?

People undergo chemotherapy for various reasons depending on their specific cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. Chemotherapy may be recommended as the primary treatment for certain types of cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma, or metastatic cancer, where surgery or radiation therapy may not be feasible. Additionally, chemotherapy may be used before surgery or radiation therapy to shrink tumours and make them easier to remove, or after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells and reduce the risk of recurrence.

What makes Chemotherapy different from other treatment options?

Chemotherapy offers a unique treatment approach for cancer compared to other treatment options. While surgery and radiation therapy target localized tumours, chemotherapy works throughout the body to kill cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body. This systemic approach makes chemotherapy particularly effective for cancers that have metastasized or are difficult to remove surgically. Additionally, chemotherapy may be used in combination with other treatments to provide a comprehensive approach to cancer treatment and improve outcomes.

How does life change after Chemotherapy?

Life after chemotherapy can vary depending on the type of cancer, stage of treatment, and individual response to therapy. While chemotherapy may cause side effects such as fatigue, nausea, hair loss, and changes in appetite or mood during treatment, many of these side effects are temporary and improve once treatment is completed. However, for many cancer survivors, chemotherapy offers a chance for remission, improved quality of life, and a renewed appreciation for life after facing a cancer diagnosis. Support from healthcare providers, family, and support groups can play a crucial role in helping individuals navigate life after chemotherapy and adjust to the physical and emotional changes that may occur.

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