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TREATMENT PLANS /// CHAPTER 12
Treatment Options
What sort of treatment you get will depend on what cancer you have and
whether the cancer has spread anywhere else in your body. You might have
just one of the following treatments or a combination of them.
Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy or
'chemo' is the most
common form of
cancer treatment.
Unfortunately,
while chemo drugs
can stop cancer
cells growing and
multiplying, they
also affect normal,
healthy cells in the
process. That's why
healthy fast-growing
cells, such as the
ones in your hair and
inside your mouth,
are damaged by
chemo. Luckily, these
cells reproduce
quickly. So, if you
have lost your hair, it
shouldn't be too long
until it grows back
after chemo ends!
Go here for more info:
https://www.cancer.
gov/about-cancer/
treatment/types/
chemotherapy
" Targeted "
Therapy
" Targeted " therapy is a
relatively recent form
of cancer therapy
that works more
like a sniper than an
atomic bomb. It does
know the difference
between different
cells and targets
certain proteins of
a cell so that fewer
normal cells in your
body are affected.
More targeted
therapies are being
developed every year,
but currently don't
exist for all cancers.
Targeted drugs still
do have side effects;
ask your doctor
what ones to expect
from your drug.
Go here for more info:
https://www.cancer.
gov/about-cancer/
treatment/types/
targeted-therapies
Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy
is
therapy that
doesn't kill cancer
cells directly but
supercharges your
own body's immune
system to do so.
Currently,
immunotherapy
works better against
certain cancers
than others. We
are learning more
all the time about
this exciting way
to treat cancer.
Immunotherapy can
have side effects
(as a supercharged
immune system can
have some innocent
bystander casualties).
Ask your doctor what
to expect from your
particular type.
Go here for more info:
https://www.cancer.
gov/about-cancer/
treatment/types/
immunotherapy
Radiotherapy
Radiotherapy uses
high energy X-Rays,
gamma rays or
electrons to kill
cancer cells in a
specific part of the
body. It creates
shifts in the body's
cells that destroy
the cells' ability to
grow and divide.
Radiotherapy only
affects the cells
and tissues within a
specific area (unlike
chemo, which affects
the whole body).
Normal, healthy
cells are also better
able to resist the
radiation, so your
body may recover
from the effects of
radiotherapy faster.
Go here for more info:
https://www.cancer.
gov/about-cancer/
treatment/types/
radiation-therapy
Surgery
Surgery or " an
operation " almost
always occurs
while you are under
anesthetic (put
asleep). Surgery
can be performed
to remove tumors
from the body.
With solid tumors, it
may be necessary to
remove tissue around
the cancer to make
sure it's properly
removed. Sometimes
(unfortunately), the
whole organ will need
to be removed, or a
body part amputated.
Surgery can also
be used to perform
a biopsy or insert
an intravenous line.
A surgical biopsy
allows the doctor to
remove a section of
a tumor and have it
analyzed to find out
more information.
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