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Cancer and Chemotherapy

Cancer is a dangerous disease which could happen to anyone. You never know when it could happen or where in the body it will strike. Cancer is challenging disease which can be heartbreaking. There are many new treatments today that may give you a better chance to live longer and a more fulfilled live

Cancer and Chemotherapy

When you are diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things needed to be done will be your plan of action, your strategy to eliminate cancer. This plan of action could start with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. Depending on the type of cancer, surgery may be required. Discussions with your Oncologist (cancer doctor) and Surgeon will help to determine this.

While undergoing your treatments, start your education or continue to educate yourself on the specific type of cancer you have. There are many well known sites on the internet that will tell you what to expect in regards to the specific type of cancer you have. Also, check out the local library and be sure to ask your Oncologist what they suggest.

The defination of chemotherapy is simple, it is the use of powerful drugs to kill cancer cells. Oncologist will use one drug or a combination of  several drugs to eliminate the cancer cells. This is usually combined with other treatments such as surgery, radiation or both. Doctors do this in order to kill as many of the cancer cells as possible.

Adriamycin®, Cytoxan® and Taxol® are some of the drugs used to treat many types of cancers. Some of the cancers these three types are Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer and many more types of cancers. Different types of cancer have their own formulas of which drugs to use. The cocktail of drugs will be given to you in three different ways. An intravenous (IV)is most commonly used, oraldrugs are usually liquid or pill form and injectionsare usually given into the muscle or under the skin.

Everyone experiences side effects of chemotherapy differently. It all depends on the person and the types drugs used. Side effects may range from loosing your hair and feeling fatigue to experiencing numbness in your feet and hands.

When diagnosed with cancer there may be a period of time when you are in denial, stunned or in shock. Depending on the severity of the tumor and the specifics of the cancer, you may only have a few days or weeks to start your treatments.

Cancer is not easy to deal with. The internet gives you a lot of well known support groups to assist when dealing with Cancer. Check out American Cancer Society or ask your Oncologist if they have any local support groups. If you have family or friends as your support, this will assist you immensely on the Cancer journey.  



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informative article, will come back to vote

Ranked #6 in Cancer & Therapy

Very useful article about a dangerous disease. Thank you Nora. Hope to avail your friendship and support.

Thank you to all of those that have recommended my first article. I look forward to a long and sincere friendship with you.

Very interesting information on treating cancer. Cytoxin is also used by some people who have Multiple Sclerosis.

Well written article with good information

Ranked #6 in Cancer & Therapy

Thank you dear Nora for appreciation.

Nice article.  Really hope to see your new work to recommend.

God bless you for handling this presentation so gently.Thank you. 

Returning to DIGG this article.

Thank you Roberta for all your support!

Support is so important. I speak from personal experience. Thank-you Nora.

Thank  you Christi.  I wrote this article based on my knowledge and yes, first hand experience of  what I call The Cancer Experience.

Good writing.  My 7 year old son was recently being tested for lymphoma.  a very frightening time.  Thankfully all was clear.

Elizabeth, I am so happy your Son is okay. Cancer is a insidious disease!

Thank you for sharing, Nora!

Back for a second read today about such an important topic.

Useful article. Looking forward to your new writings.

Thanks so much for your continuous support.

Useful information.   Hope to see your new article to recommend.

Thanks for your wonderful support.