Chemotherapy treatment for cancer can be life-saving but doesn't come without some problems of its own. Fortunately, you can maximize your chemotherapy’s effectiveness and minimize unpleasant side effects by receiving your treatment at Choice Cancer Care. At their locations in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, and Southlake, Texas, the oncology team uses the latest techniques to optimize your chemotherapy experience and restore you to health. Find out more by calling the location closest to you or schedule a consultation online today.
Chemotherapy is a frontline treatment for cancer that uses potent medications capable of destroying cancer cells.
Chemotherapy drugs target cells that are in their growth stage. As cancer cells are continuously growing and multiplying, chemotherapy can be highly effective in destroying cancer.
Chemotherapy drugs can also help shrink a tumor before surgery and eradicate any remaining cancer cells after surgery. If your cancer is at an advanced stage, chemotherapy can be a valuable way of helping to manage pain.
Chemotherapy medication takes several forms:
You might need to take chemotherapy pills or liquid medicine.
The Choice Cancer Care team delivers your chemotherapy drugs directly into your bloodstream using an IV (intravenous) line.
Direct placement chemotherapy is where your provider performs a lumbar puncture (injection into your back) or implants a device under your scalp that delivers the drugs.
As chemotherapy drugs target growing cells, they damage healthy cells within your body as well as cancerous ones. As a result, you might experience some unpleasant side effects, but the Choice Cancer Care team can help you manage these.
Chemotherapy treatments are often tiring, and you might feel weak and nauseous afterward. Before you go for a session of chemotherapy, it can help to:
Practical and emotional support is also vital. You need to arrange transportation, as you can't drive after your chemotherapy session. It's also a good idea for someone to stay with you during your chemotherapy or help you at home to ease stress and anxiety.
One of the side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss, as the drugs attack the hair follicles. You could select a wig in preparation, or Choice Cancer Care offers the innovative Chemo Cold Caps™ approach to preventing hair loss.
Depending on where you're most comfortable, you can have your chemotherapy in a reclining treatment chair or lay on a bed. You can bring something to read or do while you have your treatment, and there's free WiFi access.
Before they begin your chemotherapy, your provider goes through a preparatory routine, checking your vital signs and taking a blood sample. When the session ends, you have a discharge procedure to complete, and then you can go home and rest.
If you have any questions or concerns about chemotherapy, call Choice Cancer Care, or book an appointment online today.