What are some alternatives to chemotherapy?

Alternatives depend on the reason chemotherapy or biotherapy is needed. In some cases, there is no alternative.

Although chemotherapy and biotherapy medications may have risks or complications, they may still be the best methods for treating your disease.

Sometimes chemotherapy and biotherapy are the only treatments used for cancer or immune system diseases. Often other treatments will be given. These treatments may include surgery or radiation. Your doctor will create a treatment plan based on:
  • The type of cancer or other disease
  • Where the cancer or disease is found in your body
  • The effect of the cancer or other disease on your body’s normal functions
  • Your general health

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Chemotherapy For Cancer

Chemotherapy For Cancer

One of three common treatments for cancer, chemotherapy uses drugs to kill or slow down the progression of cancer cells. Different chemotherapy drugs are used for different types of cancers and can be combined with other treatment...

s, like radiation therapy or surgery. Chemotherapy often causes side effects, such as fatigue, nausea and mouth sores. Most side effects subside after treatment ends; however, some side effects can develop late in treatment and cause long-lasting issues, such as heart and kidney problems, or damage to nerve and lung tissue. Make sure to talk to your oncologist early about these potential side effects. To prepare for chemotherapy, ask your doctor for tests to check your heart and liver functions to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo treatment. Once you're ready for treatment, you may receive the drugs intravenously through a port in your chest, orally by taking a pill or through an injection into a muscle.

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