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Chemotherapy Protocols

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

The doctor will decide on the chemotherapy protocols that they will use in the treatment of your cancer. You should do your best to get all of the information that is given for the drugs that will be used to treat your cancer. The patient and the doctor must work together to create the best treatment plan possible for the successful outcome of the plan.

Your doctor will be able to provide you with most of the information that you will need to better understand your treatment plan. You should ask for the information on the side effects that you can expect and what you can do to make the treatment as successful as possible. When you are fighting cancer it is important that you follow all of the doctor's instructions for taking medication and having follow up visits to monitor the progress of the treatment.

The doctor will need to see you frequently to determine if the chemotherapy protocols that he is using are having an effect on your illness. Without these frequent visits the doctor will not know if changes in the dosage or drugs are needed to obtain a better outcome.

Even while you are not feeling well from the chemotherapy drugs that you are taking, you should do what you can to keep yourself as healthy as possible. You should continue to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest. Your health depends on you doing your part to fight your illness as well as the doctor's chemotherapy protocols.

How the doctor determines the chemotherapy protocols will depend on the type and extent of your cancer. There are drugs that are cell specific and can be directed right at the cancer cells. There are other drugs that are not cell specific and will attack other cells in your body. This is generally the reason for hair loss in patients who are receiving chemotherapy.

When you begin to explore the information that is available on chemotherapy drugs you will discover that there are drugs that are used for very specific types of cancer. This will determine what drugs are used and how they are administered.

Chemotherapy drugs can come in capsule or liquid form that are able to be taken orally, while others must be injected into the vein or muscle. There are other chemotherapy drugs that must be administered by intravenous drip and will require the patient to stay in the hospital for their treatment.

When your doctor is determining the chemotherapy protocols that will be used in your treatment, you should discuss any concerns or questions that you have. You must be an advocate for your own health and should know everything that you can about the treatment that you are receiving.


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