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What is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is the treatment method of using chemotherapeutic drugs [drug therapy] to either cure, treat, control, or reduce the symptoms of any disease. Generally, chemotherapy is used to treat cancer disease and with the help of radiation and surgery, it can remove, kill, or damage the cancer cells in a certain area of the body. Chemotherapy drugs can control the hyper-immune-system in disease conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Chemotherapy uses more than 100 drugs and it depends on the type of the disease. The dosage form of chemotherapy drugs depends on the type of cancer and they are:
What are the advantages of Chemotherapy?
The advantages of Chemotherapy are as follows:
What are the indications of Chemotherapy?
Indications for Chemotherapy are the following:
What is the preparation for Chemotherapy?
Before undergoing Chemotherapy, the following preparation is needed:
What is the post-therapy care/recovery care for Chemotherapy?
Who can perform Chemotherapy [Right specialist type for Chemotherapy]?
Chemotherapy can be performed by:
What is the cost of Chemotherapy?
Cost of Chemotherapy depends on factors such as:
Minimum cost for Chemotherapy in Bangalore starts from Rs.4,000
Average expenses for Chemotherapy in Bangalore is approximately Rs.18,000
Maximum amount to be paid for Chemotherapy in Bangalore rises up to Rs.50,000
Is Chemotherapy a major surgery or a minor procedure?
Chemotherapy may be a major procedure as it involves usage of either a single drug or combination of drugs to treat the disease condition and may cause several side-effects to the patients.
What is the eligibility criteria for Chemotherapy?
People who can undergo Chemotherapy are the one who is suffering from any type of cancer.
What is the ineligibility criteria for Chemotherapy?
People who cannot undergo Chemotherapy are the one who are allergic to the drugs that are being used as a part of chemotherapy.
What are the risks and complications associated with Chemotherapy?
Following are a few risks and complications of Chemotherapy :
How long does it take to complete Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy may take almost 4-6 months to complete and sometimes it may take less or more than the usual time depending on the number of treatment cycles, condition of the patient, type of cancer, and type of drugs used.
What is the recovery time?
Individuals who undergo Chemotherapy may take 3-6 months to recover completely.
What is the success rate of Chemotherapy?
The success rate of Chemotherapy depends on the following factors:
Is Chemotherapy painful?
Generally, most of the chemotherapeutic drugs don't cause any pain and there is less chance for the patients to feel pain during and after the chemotherapy. However, if any pain is experienced, consult the doctor immediately.
Is Chemotherapy permanent?
Chemotherapy is a permanent procedure that helps to either cure or reduce the spread of cancer.
What are the long-term results of Chemotherapy?
What are the options if Chemotherapy fails?
If Chemotherapy fails, the doctor may suggest alternatives like Radiation therapy, Immunotherapy, etc.
What are the alternatives for Chemotherapy?