Knowing Cancer- what it is?
Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into the surrounding regions in the form of tissue. Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body which is made of a large number of cells. Normally human cells grow and divide to form new cells from old or become damaged, they die, and new cells take place of it. When cancer develops, as cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cell survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed.
The Cancerous tumor is malignant, which means they are spread into or, invade nearby tissue. In addition, as these tumors grow, some cancer cells break off and travel to distant places.
Understanding cancer biologically
Cancer is a genetic disease that is caused by the changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they divide and grow. Genetic changes that cause cancer can be inherited from our parents. They can also arise during a person’s lifetime as a result of errors that occur as cell divide of because damage to DNA caused by certain environmental exposure. In general, Cancer cells have more genetic changes, such as mutations in DNA, than normal cells. Some of these changes may have nothing to do with cancer, they may be the result of cancer, rather than it’s cause.
Complete removal of cancer without damage to the rest of the body is the ideal goal of the treatment and is often the goal in practice. Sometimes this can be accomplished by the strategies like surgery, but the propensity of cancer to invade to the adjacent and the normal cells to the distant sites, but microscopic treatment often limits this.
Treating Cancer by oral chemotherapy-Is it helpful?
Chemo is the use of strong drugs and tablets that are given to kill cancer. Oral chemo is the drug one takes by mouth to treat cancer and it’s prognosis. In simple, we can say that to treat cancer in these treatment drugs are most helpful and it is a stage to treat cancer without surgery. Chemo is the drug, you swallow and is strong as other forms of chemo and works just as well. You take oral chemo at home. In this condition, you don’t need to go to a hospital or clinic for every treatment and is one of the best ways to you to fight cancer by the oral treatment strategy just like your doctor and nurses prescribes you? The treatment cost a little expensive for the mentioned terminologies. In this approach of treating cancer, you don’t have to make changes unless you doctor tells you to do? Even in the course of treatment, you start feeling better, you may have cancer cells in the body that the chemo must fight. Even though you take oral chemo at home, one still needs to see your cancer care team. They will watch for changes in cancer and see how you are doing with the chemo plan. If one misses a dose or is late in taking the drug, report your doctor or nurse about it. They need to know how or which drug is best suited at that point of time and also given attention to never miss a single dose of the drug.
Side effects of oral chemotherapy
The side effects of any form of chemo vary from drug to drug and from person to person. One’s cancer care team may not be able to tell you what side effects you’ll have, but they can tell you what to watch for some oral chemo drugs can cause things like:
• Stomach upset
• Hair loss
• Skin changes
• Low blood counts
Oral chemo goes through your whole body to kill cancer cells wherever they might be. But it also harms healthy normal cells. This causes the side effect one needs to asks if there are any side effects that you should call the cancer care team to guide you the right way.
Now finally the question arises- are you ready to start your oral chemo?
Here might be the same things you may want to talk to your cancer care team:
Q. What’s the name of chemo? Is there any other name of the drug?
Q. How do I take the treatment of oral chemo?
Q. When should I take it?
Q. Is it safe to take it with other drugs, food supplements or other I use?
Q. How should I store it?
Q. What do you expect it to do?
Q. How long will I need to take oral chemo?
Q. How much does the treatment cause?
Q. How much the treatment will be effective?
Before starting oral chemo, talk to your doctor about the mentioned concerns you have in your mind. Get the answer to all your questions completely cleared.
The success of oral chemo depends a lot on you. It is important to get the treatment based on the doctor prescriptions and with this, it is also important to take to take the right drug at the right time and get the best help from the cancer team accordingly.
by Sahil Prajapati