Chemotherapy a type of Cancer treatment
Cancer is a disease of uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Cancer treatment depends upon the type of cancer as different treatment is given for different type of cancers. The treatment also depends upon the stage of cancer, age of person and other additional personal characteristics.
The most common types of treatment are:
Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancerous cells and is the most common treatments for cancer. It is the use of drugs or medicines to treat cancer. The thought of taking treatment through chemotherapy frightens many people. But knowing what chemotherapy is, what to expect and how it works can often help calm your fears. It can also help you in giving a better sense of control over your cancer treatment.
Chemotherapy may be sometimes used in combination with other treatments such as radiation or surgery or can be used alone for some types of cancer. A specific type of cancer can be fought by the combination of chemotherapy drugs.
Chemotherapy can be given:
• As an injection into the muscle.
• Directly to the bloodstream it is also called IV.
• As an injection into fat tissue.
• Directly into a body cavity.
• Applied to the skin.
• As a pill to swallow.
Chemotherapy can be quite effective in treating different cancers. These drugs reach all parts of the body and not just the cancer cells. This may lead to many side effects during treatment. Side effects may occur just after treatment may be after a few days or weeks or they may occur later after a few months or years, after the chemotherapy has been given. Each person's individual medical profile and diagnose is different so his/her reaction to the treatment will also be different. The side effects may be mild, severe or absent.
Etoposide is used in combination with other cancer medicines to treat lung, testicles, leukemia, lymphoma and small cell lung cancer. It can be given intravenously (IV) or orally. Before you begin treatment with etoposide, you and your doctor should have a word about the benefits as well as the side effects of this medicine.
Side effects of Etoposide:
• Hair loss
• Nausea and vomiting
• Mouth ulcers
• Low blood pressure
• Decrease in blood pressure count
• Symptoms like flu
• Appetite is decreased
• Abdominal pain