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Cancer Explanation - Treatment and Care.
Dedicated to the special family
members and friends that provide strength and support.
Cancer knowledge and support
as a caregiver, this site may help explain the different types of cancer and treatments.
I have helped as a cancer caregiver three times. Being a care provider is explained in more detail towards the bottom of the page.
Cancer, being properly diagnosed, and catching it quickly makes a difference
in treatments and survival rate. If you feel you have a concern, don't
ignore tell your doctor and have it checked.
Here we will help explain the different types of cancer,
treatments associated with cancer and views taken.
I am not a doctor, but a person who has been to
the cancer treatment centers with three family members. Sharing knowledge that I
have learned and gathered about cancer. Also taking a personal view on cancer
treatments and doctors.
Chemotherapy is one of many procedures for cancer
treatment and is usually administer first.
Chemotherapy is usually the first line of defense, using
catatonic drugs to
fight and destroy cancer cells. With
over 50 types of chemotherapy drugs, some of them combined together. To
determine which is used, these factors include cancer type, what part of the body did
the cancer originate from, how the cancer cells appear under the microscope and how they
could spread in the body.
How chemotherapy works.
Chemotherapy drugs are designed to stop the division and multiplication of cancer cells. As these drugs are being carried in the bloodstream, they target the cancer cells
and destroy them. Healthy cells may also be affected, chemotherapy drugs can cause side effects to the healthy cells.
Certain healthy cells especially in the mouth's lining, bone marrow, hair follicles and digestive system are particularly sensitive to chemotherapy drugs.
Chemotherapy is given in sessions of treatments. There
is a rest period in between sessions. This session and rest period is called cycle whereas the series of cycles are referred
to as course of treatment.
Cancer stage's 1, 2, 3. chemotherapy is used to destroy the cancer cells with
some positive hope of curing or placing on hold the disease. Stage's 1 and 2 have excellent cure rates,
3 more challenging but many times curable.
Stage 4 usually means that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body or has reoccurred making treatments more difficult.
Aggressive cancer, (usually a stage 4) is when cancer has come on to a person fast and strong attacking the body hard. The doctors fight this cancer fast and hard in return, a person may undergo extremely strong treatments.
Palliative chemotherapy (also called
comfort care) is a choice one has when a cure is no longer an option. Quality of life is
difficult but the value of life is real. At stage 4, keep in mind cancer doctors typically
will only answer questions asked, as they provide comfort.
Radiotherapy is another form of treatment (radiation). This is when x-rays and other rays of the same kind (like electrons) are used to treat cancer
or shrink the tumor. There are two kinds of radiotherapy: external radiotherapy and internal radiotherapy.
Radiotherapy destroys the cancer cells in a pin pointed area. Normal cells can be affected,
or even damaged, but they do have the ability to repair themselves.
Radiotherapy's purpose is to shrink or annihilate
a tumor. May be given before
during or after chemotherapy, a close friend had an inoperable lung cancer
tumor, they shrank this tumor with radiation and was able to remove it. This was
two years ago and today he is cancer free. They gave him little hope, he told me
he was going to fight it and beat it and he did.
Cancer treatments vary and it is up to the doctor
and you to decide what treatments will be employed.
The importance of a care giver or care
If it's found that you or a loved one is
with cancer, establish a caregiver
right away. This person is a close family member or a very close friend that will take notes
and remain by your
side and help you with the everyday challenges that you will face. Determine this person right
away, who is that one person you know that you can count on, is available as
needed daily, loving and caring. A
caregiver is a very special person, this person may ask for other family
members to help out, but is solid and true to your needs.
When seeing a cancer doctor always have your caregiver with you to take notes (pen
and notebook in hand), for one
person to hear everything is truly difficult. Plus when a person is worried or upset,
much of the information is missed. You need to know and remember all the facts...
Cancer treatments weakens a person, both
mentally and physically. A caregiver or care provider is a must, I can not say
enough about how important this family or close friend is.
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
Simple everyday tasks like shopping, rides to and from the treatment center and
paying bills. This is because of the pain medications that is usually always
given, and some chemo treatments may make a person delusional. Keep track of
medication used, watch over banking and paying bills. If you
have no spouse and you are diagnose with stage 4, trust your
caregiver and provide them with a limited power of attorney, this is a
must to keep your affairs in order. You don't just want anyone or the state to decide
what's best for you.
You may find a loved one that takes the caregiver
job without asking, this is truly a special person!
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