Chemotherapy

CANCER CHEMOTHERAPY FACTS

Facts:
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  • Chemotherapy is a term used to describe the treatment of cancer with drugs.
  • Chemotherapy can be given orally, by injection into a vein or an artery, below the skin, into a muscle, into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain, or into the space surrounding your lungs.
  • Cancer cells usually grow more rapidly than normal cells and chemotherapy works by interfering with the growth and reproduction of these cells. Unfortunately, some normal cells also grow rapidly and can be killed by chemotherapy. These normal cells include those found in the bone marrow, mouth, stomach, intestines, hair follicles, and reproductive cells (sperm and egg).
  • Some of the side effects from chemotherapy are the direct result of the anti-cancer drugs on these cells. It is important to remember that chemotherapy produces side-effects in some, but not all patients. Each anti-cancer drug can produce different side effects and these may not be the same in all patients. At times certain odors and environments, i.e., coming in to the clinic may trigger nausea. It is important to remember that most side effects can be managed and severe side effects are uncommon.

The following points can help protect you from complications:

  • Notify your physician if you have a fever above 100.5 degrees F.
  • Notify your physician if you have any unusual bruising or bleeding.
  • Notify your physician if you have any unusual dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, excessive fatigue.
  • Notify your physician if you have persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation lasting more than 48 hours after treatment.
  • Notify your physician if you have persistent mouth sores, ulceration, or painful swallowing. Check with your physician before having any dental procedures performed.
  • Avoid people with obvious illnesses (colds, coughs, flu, etc.).
  • Do not hold or change diapers of children for 6 weeks after the child has received oral polio vaccine (given as drops).
  • Remember, if you feel tired, take frequent rest periods before and following chemotherapy appointments.

Our Doctors

Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg
Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg received his Medical Oncology and Hematology training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and his Internal Medicine training at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Schwarzberg is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on genitourinary cancers, sarcoma/GIST and melanoma. Read more…
Dr. Talya Schwarzberg
Dr. Talya Schwarzberg received her Medical Oncology and Hematology training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her Internal Medicine training at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Schwarzberg is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on breast and ovarian cancers. Read more…
Dr. Raymond Tsao
Dr. Raymond Tsao completed his fellowship in Hematology & Medical Oncology at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Tsao is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on Gastrointestinal Malignancies (including esophageal, stomach, colorectal, and pancreatic cancer). Read more…
Dr. Sujal Shah
Dr. Sujal Shah completed his Internal Medicine residency and Hematology / Oncology fellowship at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics in New Orleans Read more…
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