With more than 1.8 million people being diagnosed with cancer each year in the US alone, most people will be touched in some way by this condition throughout their lives. While there isn’t a cure for cancer and diagnosis can be intimidating, treatments like chemotherapy have come a long way in recent years and have made it much easier to live a normal life with cancer.
Chemotherapy is a range of chemical treatments that are designed to combat the growth and spread of cancer. With over 100 different chemotherapy treatments available on the modern market, all of which are designed to work with different types of cancer. This sort of treatment can come in the form of a pill or a liquid drip.
Chemotherapy is primarily used to treat cancer, as it can suppress cell regeneration and stop tumors from growing. Alongside this, though, small doses of chemotherapy treatments will often be given to patients before they undergo bone marrow transplants or when they are living with conditions like lupus.
You’ll receive your chemotherapy treatments in the comfort of our Sierra Vista facility. The Cochise Oncology team will work with you to ensure you have the most pleasant experience possible, so you can focus all your strength and attention on fighting cancer.
Chemotherapy works by targeting rapidly reproducing cells, stopping them from dividing, and even causing them to stop functioning entirely. This enables them to halt the spread of cancer, while also helping to reduce its size. Chemotherapy isn’t picky, though, and this means that the cells in your hair, fingernails, and bone marrow could also end up being targeted.
Chemotherapy can have a heavy toll on your body, and it helps to be prepared before you get started. Being fit and active, maintaining a healthy diet, and drinking lots of water will all help to reduce the negative impact chemotherapy will have on your body.
The length of chemotherapy treatments varies, though it will usually be done in two to six-week cycles to give your body the chance to recover and enable your doctors to monitor the results. This will be done until the strain is too much for your body, your cancer has reduced and stopped spreading, or it looks like it is no longer effective.
While modern chemotherapy treatments are much kinder to your body than those used in the past, there will still be some side-effects that come with medication like this. These occur thanks to the way that these treatments damage your cells, but you can manage them by keeping yourself fit and healthy, while also maintaining a healthy diet. Some of the most common side effects include –
Chemotherapy will impact just about every aspect of your body, and this means that you may have to change the way that you live to account for it. Certain foods can make your condition worse when you’re going through this sort of treatment. It will be worth avoiding spicy and hot foods, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and raw or undercooked meats.
*Individual Results May Vary
At Cochise Oncology, we know optimal cancer treatment places the patient first – and our patients experience this every day.
Read what our satisfied patients are saying about their experiences at Cochise Oncology.