Chemotherapy

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Chemotherapy is the use of any drug to treat any disease. But to most people, the word chemotherapy means drugs used for cancer treatment. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about chemo in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in your body. Chemotherapy is most often used to treat cancer, since cancer cells grow and multiply much more quickly than most cells in the body.

Many different chemotherapy drugs are available. Chemotherapy drugs can be used alone or in combination to treat a wide variety of cancers. Some chemotherapy side effects are mild and treatable, while others can cause serious complications. These side effects include:

Nausea and vomiting

Diarrhea

Constipation

Hair loss

Loss of appetite

Fatigue

Fever

Mouth sores, and

Pain and easy bruising

Many of these side effects can be prevented or treated. Most side effects subside after treatment ends. Chemotherapy drugs can also cause side effects that dont become evident until months or years after treatment such as damage to lung tissue, nerve damage and heart problems. Ask your doctor if you have a risk of any late side effects and any signs and symptoms you should watch for.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.