There are many misunderstandings regarding chemotherapy.

There are many misunderstandings regarding chemotherapy.

It is understandable to be hesitant & anxious about the beginning of chemotherapy treatment. To ensure you are fully informed about the risks and benefits of any therapy, it is crucial that you discuss any particular concerns you may have with your medical oncologist.

Check out some of the most widespread misconceptions about chemotherapy to get a sense of the topics you might want to go into further depth with your physician about.

    Myth: Chemotherapy causes significant side effects.

     Fact: Chemotherapy, is a cocktail of numerous medicines and it was associated with intense nausea and vomiting, and that reputation was well deserved. But, as with so many cancer treatments, advances and research have been made to improve the effectiveness of cancer drugs and reduce their side effects.

   Myth: I’m going to be constantly sick from chemotherapy.

    Fact: Chemotherapy can sometimes cause nausea – making you feel or be sick. It depends on the type of chemotherapy drug you’ve been prescribed. With advancements and research – most of these side-effects are easily managed and even stopped.

    A common misconception is that chemotherapy is only used in situations where there are no viable alternatives.

     In reality, chemotherapy can be an effective treatment at different stages of cancer for a wide range of patients.

     Myth: Chemotherapy will cause you to lose all your hair.

     Fact: While hair loss is a potential side effect of chemotherapy, not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss. Some only cause hair loss, while others do not cause hair loss. There are some products that can help reduce your risk of hair loss from chemotherapy. If you experience hair loss from chemotherapy, it is usually only temporary.

     Myth: If I get chemo, I’ll need to spend all my time in the hospital getting infusions.

     Fact: The duration of your chemotherapy session will depend on the type of chemotherapy you’re receiving and the type of treatment you’re getting. Some chemotherapy is done in an outpatient setting and some is done in an inpatient setting.

     Myth: All Chemotherapy is the same.

     Fact: Chemotherapy agents come in a wide variety, some of which can continue to be effective after other treatments have failed.

Chemotherapy is still a valuable treatment option for most cancers. It is known to enable cure many types of cancers including blood cancer. Immunotherapy and targeted therapy are ground-breaking approaches, but chemotherapy shouldn’t be overlooked. It has effectively eliminated cancer in some cases. Early detection, timely intervention, and collaboration between healthcare teams and patients are key.

 

As we progress into the future, oncology is witnessing remarkable breakthroughs driven by cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches. Five key advancements are at the forefront: Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Genomic Medicine, Next-Generation Cancer Organoids, Nanoparticles, and Pressurized Intraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC).

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