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AC chemotherapy

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

AC chemotherapy is a treatment that is used for breast cancer treatment. The drugs that are used in this type of chemotherapy are Adriamycin, which is now called doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide. It will be necessary for the patient to receive a blood test prior to treatment to be sure that the treatment will be well tolerated and will not cause any further damage.

If the results of the blood test are normal AC chemotherapy can begin. You might receive an anti nausea medication when you are receiving this type of chemotherapy treatment. It is important that the patient follow all of the instructions that the doctor gives for the health of the patient while they are receiving chemotherapy for their breast cancer.

The treatment usually takes about an hour and it is possible for a patient to receive AC chemotherapy as a day treatment. When you are allowed to go home after the treatment along with some anti nausea medications. You should follow the advice of the medical staff and take the drugs after the treatment to prevent nausea from occurring. Once nausea has started it will be more difficult to control.

One of the side effects of AC chemotherapy is an increased risk of infection. This is because the treatment will cause you to produce fewer white blood cells while you are getting the drugs. Typically this occurs after about seven days after the treatment. Once the treatment has stopped the blood cells will grow in number until you are back to normal. It is important that you watch out for any signs of infection during this time. If you notice that you have a fever that is higher than one hundred degrees or if you feel as though you are becoming ill, you should notify the doctor.

You will also experience a loss of hair during your treatment. It will usually start about three or four weeks after your initial treatment with AC chemotherapy. This hair loss is only temporary and when the treatment is completed your hair will grow back.

Patients who are undergoing AC chemotherapy will also experience some or all of the following side effects:

• Fatigue
• Mouth sores
• Changes in taste
• Bladder irritation
• Diarrhea
• Dry itchy skin
• Changes in the appearance of nails

You should make sure that you take note of any of the side effects that you are experiencing and let your doctor know. Side effects will disappear after the treatment is completed and you are not receiving the drugs any longer. You should make sure to watch out for any serious side effects like excessive vomiting and nausea as well as fever and infection. These symptoms and side effects will require the attention of your doctor.



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