With Right Knowledge, Cope with Chemotherapy's Side-effects Easily
Meaning of Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy, also known as chemo, is defined as one of the types of cancer treatment in which certain drugs are used for destroying cancer cells. In other words, it can be defined as a regimen of therapy, which makes use of certain drugs for fighting against a disease. It is used for a variety of purposes such as for curing specific kind of cancer, controlling growth of tumors if cure is not possible and for providing relief from certain symptoms of cancer..
How chemotherapy works?
“Grow and divide” quickly is one of the common properties of cancerous cells. Chemotherapy works by inhibiting or slowing down the growth of cancer cells, which are also referred as fastest-splitting cells.. The drug besides affecting cancer cells, also affect the healthy cells. And it is due to damage to healthy cells, a person experiences certain side-effects.
Side-effects are closely associated with all chemotherapy treatments. However, the severity of side-effects vary from the fact kind of chemotherapy being taken, physical condition of a person, his age, medical facts, etc.
Some of the most common side-effects are
Managing Chemotherapy side-effects
Fortunately, medical science has made vast improvements, thereby helping in managing and preventing painful symptoms of chemotherapy. For instance, in order to give respite from nausea and vomiting, many anti-nausea drugs are recommended by doctors which help in giving relief within 24 hours after chemotherapy. Other measures that can be taken for controlling nausea is eating healthy and small diet rich in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day, taking enough fluids, etc.
Approximately 75% of people encounter with fatigue problem after having chemotherapy. Some of the best ways of coping with it is taking adequate rest during the treatment, not wasting energy on unimportant things, taking several short breaks and doing walk or some light exercises, etc.
Hair loss is another symptom experienced by array of people during chemo. In order to deal with the problem of hair loss, try to use gentle shampoo, avoid using brush rollers, hair dryer is used with low heat, etc. And the last resort is using hairpieces and wigs. Like these, many other symptoms of chemotherapy can be managed effectively. So, at last it can be said symptoms of chemotherapy cannot be avoided. But, with right knowledge much can be done for coping with them.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: August 13, 2012