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How is chemotherapy given?

How does chemotherapy work? What does it do?

- The cost of this cancer treatment will depend on several factors including which drugs were used, how you got them and how often.

- Chemotherapy is a treatment of cancer using strong drugs to destroy cancer cells. - It was developed at the beginning of the 20th century; however it was originally not supposed to be used as a cancer treatment. - During World War II, researchers investigated if mustard agents could be used to stop the growth of rapidly dividing cells after the discovery that nitrogen mustard caused a reduced amount of white blood cells.

What is chemotherapy?

- It works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly.- Chemotherapy can cure cancer, control cancer and/or ease cancer symptoms.

ADVANTAGES- Chemotherapy controls the spread of cancer, the chemo drugs travel through the bloodstream to reach cancer cells throughout the body. This may encourage society to have chemotherapy done to avoid cancer reaching other parts of the body. DISADVANTAGES- Chemotherapy treatment is expensive, people may not have the money to get this treatment done and it may affect the economy.- There are several side effects which may discourage society from getting this treatment done.- Getting the treatment done is very time consuming, it requires multiple visits to medical professionals and medical professionals have to take the time to prepare/do the treatments.- Chemo drugs are toxic which means they need to be used carefully and disposed properly or the environment may be harmed.

How much will it cost?

- Chemo might be a pill or liquid.- It might be given through a needle.- Chemo drugs are mostly put into the bloodstream through a catheter from a vein.

Use of chemotherapy for breast cancer. A needle is being used to transport chemotherapy drugs to the tumor seen in the breast.

Side Effects- Nausea - Constipation-Vomiting - Fatigue- Diarrhea - Mouth sores - Hair Loss - Easy bruising - Loss of appetite- Fever

Advantages/Disadvantages to society


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