Cancer Support Group

Saturday, Jul 11th

Last update:06:42:40 AM GMT

General Queries on Cancer

Where do cancerous lumps usually form?
They can occur anywhere, but most commonly in the breast, the thyroid, and wherever you have lymph glands (groin, arm pit, etc.)

What drugs will work best for me?
Your doctor decides which drug or drugs will work best for you. The decision depends on what kind of cancer you have, where it is, the extent of its growth, how it is affecting your normal body functions, and your general health.

Your doctor may also suggest that you join a clinical trial for Chemotherapy, or you may want to bring up this option with your doctor. Clinical trials are carefully designed research studies that test promising new cancer treatments. Patients who take part in research may be the first to benefit from improved treatment methods.

These patients also can make an important contribution to medical care because the results of the studies may help many people. Patients participate in clinical trials only if they choose to and are free to withdraw at any time.

Where will I get Chemotherapy?
You may get your Chemotherapy at home, in your doctor’s office, in a clinic, in your hospital’s outpatient department, or in a hospital. The choice of where you get Chemotherapy depends on which drug or drugs you are getting, your hospital’s policies, and your doctor’s preferences. When you first start Chemotherapy, you may need to stay at the hospital for a short time so that your doctor can see the medicine’s effects closely and make any adjustments that are needed.

How often will I get Chemotherapy, and how long will I get it?
How often and how long you get Chemotherapy depends on the kind of cancer you have, the goals of the treatment, the drugs that are used, and how your body responds to them. You may get Chemotherapy every day, every week, or every month. Chemotherapy is often given in on–and–off cycles that include rest periods so that your body has a chance to build healthy new cells and regain its strength. Your doctor should be able to estimate how long you will be getting Chemotherapy.

It is very important to stick with whatever schedule your doctor prescribes. Otherwise, the anti cancer drugs might not have their desired effect. If you miss a treatment session or skip a dose of medication, contact your doctor for instructions about what to do.

Sometimes, your doctor may delay a treatment based on the results of certain blood tests. Your doctor will let you know what to do during this time and when it’s okay to start your treatment sessions again.


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