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Pre Procedure of Chemotherapy
- A series of tests and procedures are done to assess overall health status.
- To determine the right chemotherapy dose, height and weight are measured.
- In case of any infection the treatment is given.
During the Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is given in cycles (cycle is session of chemotherapy repeated after a definite period) depending on
- Drug and dose used for treatment
- Goal of treatment
- Method of treatment
- Type of the patient
- Type of the cancer
- Stage of cancer
- The response of the patient to first cycle.
Chemotherapy is given by different ways:
- Intravenous (IV) - Through vein
- Intra-arterial (IA) - Through the artery
- Intraperitoneal (IP) - Into the peritoneal cavity i.e. abdominal cavity.
- Intrathecal – In Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through spinal cord in case the cancer is in central nervous system or brain.
- Intramuscular (IM) – injection given in a muscle in your arm, thigh, or hip.
- Topically – Applied on to the skin as a cream or gel.
- Orally – As pills, capsules, or liquids.
Post Procedure of Chemotherapy
- IV line is removed once the treatment is over.
- Vitals are monitored again.
- Chemotherapy weakens one's immune system, so precautions should be taken.
- Drinking lots of fluids after chemotherapy will flush out the drugs through your body.
Risks & Complications of Chemotherapy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hair loss
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Secondary neoplasm
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Cognitive impairment
- Tumor lysis syndrome